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Forum topic by diverlloyd posted 07-03-2014 12:38 AM 1275 views 1 time favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2014 12:38 AM

So jocks its time for a new marking knife. What kinds do you prefer and what is the best you have used. I will be making my new one, so I’m looking for a inspiration. Tell or show me the best please. As always thank you in advance for reading and any comments made good or bad.

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 12:40 AM

I have this one from Lee Valley. I like it but if you drop it on its point onto a concrete floor it is a real bother to sharpen again. Don’t ask how I know that, haha.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 12:58 AM

Although making one is great and I certainly wouldn’t discourage it, I recently read a post here about using a scalpal which led to a purchase of (100) #10 blades which came with a free scalpal and absolutely love using it with and across grain, slicing and cleaning, using and abusing… 100 blades was something like $10 and they are scary sharp coming out of the wrappers. Had a number of options I was unfamiliar with and still am #6 through #60 with different sizes and shapes. Might be worth looking into, perhaps using a disposable blade design for your new marking knife. Look forward to seeing what you come up with…

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 12:58 AM

Mine has grown legs and ran away. It must have seen the 1800lbs of wood I unloaded and made a break for it.
If I buy a scalpel maybe I could get another suture kit too.

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 12:59 AM

I made one out of an old hacksaw blade with a spear point, similar to the lee valley one. Marks in both directions with a flat back for registering against tails, etc.

Free. :)

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 01:28 AM

Here’s one I made. Project post here.

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 01:48 AM

Yea, I make my own too.. Why buy it when you can make it.


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#7 posted 07-03-2014 02:05 AM

Yeah I have some plane irons who have out lived there usefulness. So new knives for me.

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 02:10 AM

Repurposed spade bit, texas ebony.

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#9 posted 07-03-2014 02:22 AM

Here are a few I made. Czech Edge kits, and reused some blades w/my own turned handles.

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 05:20 PM

I just use an old penknife I found. Sharpen the end and I’m ready to go.

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#11 posted 07-03-2014 06:34 PM

Diver – I’ve got old useless plane blades. Never done any sort of metal work, in general how do you turn one of those into a marking knife blade?

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#12 posted 07-03-2014 06:40 PM

Put me in the “make your own” camp. Made this one from an old Sawz-all blade.

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#13 posted 07-03-2014 06:42 PM

BTimmons has an excellent pictorial on making one Colonel Travis

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#14 posted 07-03-2014 07:03 PM

Just saw that – fantastic, thanks. Think I’ll make one, too.

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#15 posted 07-03-2014 07:20 PM

Just bought on Fleabay and I resharpened for right hand use only.
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