Shopmade marking knife

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Project by WilcoFlier posted 1325 days ago 2204 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I finished this marking knife. I always wanted a good marking knife, but I dont like the cheap, standard knifes. I wanted a special one, therefore I decided to make one myself.

The steel is special springsteel, grinded in the right form on a benchgrinder, sharpened on a beltsander and polished bij hand. The brass parts I filed in the right form on a woodturning lathe, then polished with 1200# sandpaper. That works great!

Te wood is a piece of plum, with a nice contrast between de sap and heartwood, sanded to 1200 grit, polished with Shellawax and then lacquered.

It was a very fun project, and the knife performs well!


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#1 posted 1325 days ago

Looks beautiful! Nice to make your own tools.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 1325 days ago

Nice work ! I made myself one as well, didn’t want to pay an arm chair and table leg for one.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 1325 days ago

Nice piece. Very clean finishing job.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#4 posted 1325 days ago

A great looking tool. I like the plum wood…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 1325 days ago

That is a very nice looking knife. Well done.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 1325 days ago

Its a real beaut.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 1324 days ago

Nice looking knife. Any more details on that ferule? Did you take a rod, drill a whole, then bandsaw a smaller rod in half to hold the knife and epoxy it in place?

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Dan Hux

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#8 posted 1214 days ago

nice knife,,how does the shellawax hold up under the laquer? I’ve never tried that before

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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