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Bryan

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1006 days ago

What do you guys use for a marking knife? I have looked at a lot and was thinking I could make one out of an old buck brothers chisel I have What do you guys think


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 1006 days ago

That would work, but consider this: Local thrift store: a carving fork. Usually a nice wood handle, sometimes rosewood (which sands back even though it’s been abused in the dishwasher). Usually stainless, most likely the same material that’s in the knife. I cut it off to the right length and cut the bevels and Scary Sharp it into submission.

It’s a fun journey and creates a very nice looking and functional knife.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 1006 days ago

I have a couple of generic letter openers that I’ve considered modifying into a marking/striking knife.

I feel a chisel would be a little too thick to use in tight spots.

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tenontim

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#3 posted 1006 days ago

Mine is made from a 5/16” spade bit. Purpleheart handle.

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 1006 days ago

Here is a picture posted on LJ of several of these carving fork ideas, one complete.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 1005 days ago

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#6 posted 1004 days ago

The pointed Pfeil with two beveled surfaces on front and a flat back is my favorite. I can locate a board on my project to pick the portion with the best grain pattern for the project, mark one end of the board, and simply rotate the knife 180 degrees to mark the other. It elimates the need for two knives, one for right and another for left.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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