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#1 posted 09-15-2009 02:26 AM

Riving knives and splitters essentially do the same job, but a riving knife is a more elegant solution. It sits in closer proximity to the blade, and tilts, raises, and lowers with the blade. More importantly, the vast majority of stock splitters are cumbersome, and are more likely to not be used at all. A riving knife is more likely to be in position to do it’s task because it can stay in place for more functions without interfering. There are some aftermarket splitters that are nearly as good as riving knives, but they’re set at a fixed height.

I see a riving knife as a better mouse trap, but it’s not the end-all be-all panacea that some would have you believe.

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