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Misc. Shop Stuff #50: New / Old Marking Knife

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 01-30-2015 02:11 AM 1526 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 49: Another Connection to the Past Part 50 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 51: Too Much Wood? »

Went on a run to a few flea markets this afternoon and found a few things to continue my slide down the slippery slope of vintage tooldom:

The 7oz SW hammer was a nice find at four bucks, as was the Craftsman-badged saw for six dollars. The Stanley 1/4” No.40 chisel was four bucks, the EC Stearns mitre box was five, and the seller threw in the small, rosewood-handled putty knife for free. And there was a plan for it: I wanted to make it a marking knife for the tool chest.

I have a knife at the bench that I use all the time, but the very small size of the putty knife said ‘marking knife’ almost as soon as I saw it. Good dimension, very solid scales. So I marked it with a scratch awl…

and did some work at the ‘lectric grinder to set the basic shape. After some time at the oilstone, I had a knife…

I can’t say my sharpening was knock-down, drag-out awesome on the knife’s cutting edge, but it’s pretty good. Enough to make very fine cuts in mahogany scrap. So I’d say it’s good to roost in the top tray of the chest now.

A good re-purpose, I’d say. Short and sweet post, and as always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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Pat3

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 02:14 AM

That is an awesome job and great finds, congrats!

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 02:40 AM

Nice day in the wild. I am headed for an estate sale in the morning. Got a bead on an Emmert K1 U5 for $80, we’ll see how that adventure goes. I will look for putty knives from now on!!!

-- LWB Waterlog

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 02:58 AM

Someone got some good use out of that putty knife, I bet it was more than an inch or more longer. With the rosewood it was probably an expensive in it’s day. Good to see it getting a new life.

-- Putty

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 03:10 AM

LWB, good luck on the emmert! I’d have to make a new bench just to handle a vise like that. It’d be awesome, and for $80… wow. Someone dropped a zero there, almost…

I think you’re right, putty, about it being well used and a quality piece. The letter “A” is stamped on each side, in each brass rivet head. Surprised to find it, haven’t seen a small one like it before. And like I said, the scales are very, very firmly held in place. No scuffed / split edges, either. Feels great in the hand. Bevel’d an edge on one side, so it’s a right-hander’s knife when pulled towards you. Have to work on my free-hand honing skills with angled edges.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 01-30-2015 03:34 AM

Smitty-

Good score! By my eye that putty knife (thrown in for free no less) is the queen of that lot. Great repurpose and great save on the rosewood tool.

chuck

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#6 posted 01-30-2015 03:47 AM

Good job on the repurposing, Smitty. I’m still digging that lamp though . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 01-30-2015 04:02 AM

Congratulations on the acquisitions Smitty. Wonderful looking marking knife you made.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 01-30-2015 12:14 PM

over the top! That’s a good idea with the putty knife.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 01-30-2015 12:54 PM

I love flea market finds. Well done Smitty!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 01-30-2015 01:52 PM

Clever and resourceful. I like it.

And Waterlog if pick up and Emmert for $80 I will be very sad I am not you.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 01-30-2015 02:11 PM

Very nice, Smitty!
I love repurposed knives.
And yours already has a vintage handle…sweet!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 01-30-2015 03:12 PM


And Waterlog if pick up and Emmert for $80 I will be very sad I am not you.

- ToddJB

Ain’t that the truth… Hope it gets it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 01-30-2015 04:31 PM

The Craftsman saws are a pretty good buy Smitty. I have a couple that I have had for 30 or 40 years and the steel is pretty good. I just bought a Disston from the early 1900’s and the steel cuts about the same as the craftsman , so they should be a good user for years, as they have been for me.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 07:39 PM

My wife is going to poop! However, this ranks up there with the best pickin’ days I ever had at an estate sale. This gentleman took very good care of his tools, all in very good condition.
Disston D8
Unknown maker split nut looks English vaneer saw
Miller Falls No.5 Drill NOS
Starrett plumb bob
Stanley No. 71 Router plane
Double rod 1888 marking gauge Leavitt-Sole Co.
Fancy 4 knob molding plane Chapin-Stephens
No name beading plane
K1-U5 Emmeret Pattern makers vise complete (only one broken dog on bottom)
All for $157 plus tax
I am going to have some fun now restoring the vise. The D8 has a chip out of the back but I would like to experiment making a half back saw, it has a nice etch, needs bluing process (never done it before)
Might anyone know how to ID the vaneer saw? Anyway just sharing my excitement, thanks for looking. LWB

-- LWB Waterlog

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#15 posted 01-30-2015 08:01 PM

LWB, that is borderline you suck material…

Wow…

Well done, Sir! Need to see / learn more about that Emmert. It’s reputation is well known, I know very little about them except DanK and my HS Shop Class each have one.

That router is a great buy, same with the MF eggbeater. That marking gauge may be the sleeper of the bunch. You’re gonna love it in the long run, I have a feeling. Looks like a good one.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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