How to set the knife in a Japanese marking gauge.

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04-08-2011 06:37 PM

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I bought a Japanese marking gauge with a knife-style cutter. For shipping, the cutter was driven only partially into the wooden shaft so that the cutting edge is buried inside it. There is no wedge or screw to secure the knife in the shaft—just a tiny slit where the knife slips in and is compressed by the surrounding wood.

I’m trying to expose the cutting edge. Should I just bash the back of the blade with a hammer until it the cutting edge emerges? Or should I remove the blade and file down the hole in the shaft so the blade will slip down more easily, as one would do with a Japanese plane? In other words, what’s the correct way of setting these marking gauge knives, without breaking the tool?

Thanks for spreading any knowledge you may have on this small topic.

-- a newborn woodworker

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 06:40 PM

I ran into this same issue. The port for the blade was so small that only the tinyest part of the tip was visible. I was worried that if I tapped it in, I’d split the shaft. I excavated the exit point with a small exacto knife to allow more of the blade to protrude. Once I was happy with the 1/32-1/16 or so, I sanded it a bit & installed the blade. I’m not sure that’s the proper method but it worked on mine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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