|Project by DanoP||posted 01-03-2012 09:06 PM||1929 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
I wanted to share a couple little tricks I incorporated into my favorite marking knife.
First, humor me and shape your hand as if you are holding a pen or (duh) a marking knife. If you look at the place between your fingers where the knife/pen would go, it is anything but the shape we make our tools – not round, rectangular or even truly triangular. The end view is triangular and each finger lays in at a different angel.
I started with a rectangular cross section then held it in my hand as if I were using it then started cutting away the areas where my fingers fell against the tool. EASY to do with a Dremel. Ends up the shape and angle of each finger’s concave area is quite different from each other. The result – the tool disappears in your hand! The feeling of working with it is 100% natural. I challenge you to grab your roto-tool and a carpenter’s pencil and try it for yourself.
Another trick, the silver dot in photos 2 and 3 is a small Neo-magnet epoxied in the handle. Photo 6 shows it conveniently stuck to my lathe where I use it most.
By the way, the handle is kingwood, no finish other than sanding and use. the blade was cut down from an old file.
Got any tool making tips you’d like to share?
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