Marking Knife

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Project by Airframer posted 255 days ago 1131 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second shopmade marking knife. The first one works great except when you need to park in a small space (i.e. marking dovetails etc..) and I have been putting off making a new one for some time now.

Well, this morning the blade separated it’s self from the handle and that was the push I needed to get on with making that new knife I needed.

The blade was cut with a hacksaw from a block plane blade that was beyond useful for a black plane but works for other blades.

Bevel was made freehand (no clue what angle it is) on my new DMT’s.

Handle is walnut shaped with a spokeshave, rasps and sandpaper. Finished up with a brass tube.

Finish is 3.2.1 and paste wax.

Thanks for looking!

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 255 days ago

Nice work. And I second the idea of non-round handle: it’s less chances to roll off the bench top.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#2 posted 255 days ago

Quite striking.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 255 days ago

Nice work Eric, one of many things on my to do list….

And a nice save of the old block plane iron….great idea.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 255 days ago

Nice work Eric

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 255 days ago

Looks great, Eric! Nice job on the steel.

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

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#6 posted 255 days ago

Very cool. Obtaining symmetry as you did, feehand even, is no easy task. Great work.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 255 days ago

Pretty sweet. You did a great job shaping it.

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#8 posted 255 days ago

Nicely done!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#9 posted 255 days ago

Thanks guys! I had a little fun with this one. My old one has also been repaired (it did build my workbench after all). I suppose one can never have too many marking knives layin’ around.. can they?

-- Eric -

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#10 posted 254 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#11 posted 254 days ago

Very nice-looking knife. I have one half-made sitting in my shop waiting for me to finish it… thanks for the motivation :) . Did you epoxy the blade in there?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#12 posted 254 days ago

Nice looking knife Eric. Have you tried it out on dove tails yet? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 254 days ago

Thanks guys!

bobasaurus – Yep, the bade has a 1 1/8” long tang that is epoxied into the handle. I have my fingers crossed it holds the blade better than my previous version did.

Candy – Not yet but will be soon enough :D

-- Eric -

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#14 posted 253 days ago

Nice job on shaping that blade. Looks like it was machined. Very cool handle. Non round works better in my hand. I know where the blade is.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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