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05-04-2012 02:00 PM

I need one. Any features you particularly find handy? Any brands you’d recommend?


-- Wood is not velveeta

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 02:13 PM

I’d suggest a “spear point” so you can use it from either side. Just makes it easier and less expensive than getting a right-handed and left. As for brands, you cannot go wrong with Czech Edge. Yes, they are a little more expensive, but they are great knives.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 02:54 PM!!

ebay is a great source for knives when you decide on which one you want as well. I’ve made my own,and I have the one above as well.

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 03:00 PM

I like Czech Edge
Ron Hock makes some nice ones, too
Anything from Japan Woodworker is awesome:)

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

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 03:12 PM

Czech Edge (the small one) is nice. Also, Blue Spruce. Both are pricey.

For years, I used an X-acto knife.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 03:24 PM

I’ve got a few X-actos that I had planned to use for my first project. Then I saw episode on The Woodright’s shop of sawing with Chris Swartz and realized I might make my life easier with a good marking knife to get a good start on my saw cuts. I’m wondering if the handleless japanese knifes would be harder for my numb hands to use than one with a good handle on them?

Thanks for all the replies so far, found a few options I didn’t know about.

BTW, do you have to wait a month to get the Blue Spruce ones?

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 03:44 PM

Well . . . it is pretty low tech, but I use a box knife. Works fine for me, and I have about $2 invested in it. Blades are cheap and I can put in a fresh blade whenever I need to.

Plus, in a pinch, I can even use it to break down boxes.

-- Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 04:43 PM

I’ve had a single-edged Japan knife for many years and I haven’t
been much impaired by only having the one. It takes and
holds a crazy-sharp edge. I use it often as a shop knife for
all sorts of things.

I don’t know if Mora makes marking knifes but the basic knives
are excellent, simple knives that take a very fine edge.

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#8 posted 05-04-2012 04:54 PM

I have many marking knives. Since my hand cut dovetails class, and on the recomendation of my shop teacher, I only reach for my pocket knife. Never been dissapointed

-- Ken

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#9 posted 05-04-2012 04:59 PM

For dovetails a piece of hacksaw blade ground to a claw-shaped
profile and sharpened as a knife gets in spots other knives
won’t go. I cut and chisel the tails first, then mark the pins
from the tails using the hacksaw knife.

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#10 posted 05-04-2012 06:53 PM

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#11 posted 05-04-2012 08:10 PM

That Veritas seems to be an older design no longer available. They now show:,42936

Not sure what the difference is

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#12 posted 05-04-2012 08:21 PM

Rosewood type perhaps.

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#13 posted 05-04-2012 08:48 PM

I was given a Blue Spruce set one Christmas with African Blackwood handles, the same as these ones.

They are good knives, but I don’t find the handles very comfortable. If I was buying one again, I would go for a handle like the bottom knife in this picture.

Still, I can’t complain really can I?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 05-05-2012 02:44 PM

I use an old penknife I found. I use the pointed blade or the sheepsfoot blade.

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#15 posted 05-05-2012 05:41 PM

For the benefit of some of us who may be left in the dust, can you explain the benefit of this tool?? If I get one, do I then throw away all my pencils?? Thanks…..................

-- mike...............

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