I keep seeing these posts pop up more often than not about the scribed line for dovetails, should you leave them on? should you scrap/sand them off? Some say it tells the joint was hand made, Others rightfully so say that the piece itself tells that it was hand made….
Should you make them with a scriber? Or a pencil? A pencil line is easier to remove, but harder to line up to as you are relying on eye sight, Whereas a scribed line with a knife is a no brainer since you just rest your chisel into is, and it’s a perfect positioning throughout the joint.
I personally think all these dovetails discussions (although informative and do come from genuine curiosity and interest) are overblown and too much focus is given to how the lines are kept/cleaned or whatever, Where in fact these are just the byproduct of the process of making a joint that is mechanically superior to all others.
At the end of the day, the structural stability and the overall look of your piece will tell everyone it’s a quality handmade product. People don’t generally open drawers to search for scribed lines on the joints ;) so don’t think too deep into this.
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.