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James Wright

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02-02-2016 12:30 AM

I have several marking knives but am wanting to buy one that is perfect. if it exists. What is the best feeling knife you have held?

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 12:34 AM

Can’t really help you, as mine are all shop-made.

The one on the right was a prototype for making a handle for a kitchen knife, but actually works very well as a marking knife.

I have a feeling this is a pretty idiosyncratic question.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 03:43 AM

I have several marking knives, but I always seem to pick up my Butz knife for the job.

I have a striking knife, too, which comes to hand almost as often

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 01:12 PM

I use a chip carving knife or a double edge.
Lately been using a Stanley folding knife like it pretty good.

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 03:09 PM

I doubt there is a perfect marking knife. I’m impressed with Ian’s homegrown knives. I was using an old x-acto knife that I recently replaced with a Pfeil from Woodcraft. It was an upgrade.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 03:33 PM

Shop made from a Freud recip saw blade. Great steel, razor sharp, and hold the edge.


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#6 posted 02-02-2016 05:54 PM

Ditto on shopmade for me. I made a spear-point knife with a perfectly flat back side so I can use it left or right handed and so it follows a straight edge precisely. Like Bill, I used a spent reciprocating saw blade to form the blade and bandsawed a handle from white oak and used rasp/sandpaper to shape it so it fit my hand exactly as I liked. It’s extremely comfortable for me and works well. Sharpens to a super fine point and holds the edge for a really long time.

There is a good tutorial from Derek Cohen on making one that I kinda followed but I didn’t like the turned handle for my marking knife. I did like that style for my awl but found I prefer flat sides on my knife handle because it helps keep it flat to a straightedge.

If I were going to buy one though, I’d definitely check out Chris Vesper's.

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 05:55 PM

I’ve come to prefer a slightly beefier handle but I haven’t found the perfect one yet. Hammerthumb made me one that I use very often, you can see it in his projects, 2013 I think. I have another made with a scalpel blade that has a nice handle shape.


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#8 posted 02-02-2016 06:13 PM

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 12:14 AM

Stanley 0-10-958.

-- Dave

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#10 posted 02-03-2016 12:16 AM

Ya I have one of those and I know Paul Sellers likes it but if I am going to have a blade that light I reach for my Exacto first.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#11 posted 02-03-2016 01:31 AM

I just purchased the Blue Spruce marking knives. Pretty awesome. Even the Schwartz says so n

-- You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find, you'll get what you need

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 01:57 AM

Really like this one from LV:,42936,60044

- JADobson


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#13 posted 02-03-2016 01:59 AM

Old cheap lock back knife with blade snapped off Tanto style and then a single bevel on the right side. Scores tight and fits the hand good.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#14 posted 02-04-2016 02:40 AM

Modified carpet knife.

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