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Buying a Marking Knife

Buying a Marking Knife

Does it make sense to measure to 1/64", and then mark a line with a pencil point that's twice that width? Even a fine mechanical pencil proves no match for the precision of a marking knife. Here's what you need to know before buying one.

  • We show a dedicated marking knife in these photos, but you can, in most cases, get good results using a utility or craft knife. However, beware that those knives' thin blades might flex and stray from your intended layout.

  • You can buy individual left- and right-handed knives, as shown top right, or a knife with a dual-bevel blade below right. All have a flat face on the blade opposite the bevel, letting you place it tightly against a straightedge or mating workpiece for a precise mark. The left- and right-handed knives tend to have larger handles, making them easier to grasp if you have large hands.

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Comments (5)
grooverjamesr wrote:

To make a marking knife, all you really need is an old saw blade from a saws all. reciprocating saws use a thin blade and is prefect for the application. Simply cut a 45 degree angle at the tip and remove all the teeth with a grinder then make two pieces of nice wood for the handle and glue them on and sand, varnish and viola!

12/25/2014 09:41:39 PM Report Abuse
vtxman wrote:

I like to pickup old paring knives at garage sales then grind them to the profile I like for a marking gage. It's nice to have multiple marking knives for different situations.

4/11/2013 06:44:26 PM Report Abuse
rlambert94 wrote:

The caption attached to the photo above doesn't mention anything about dovetailing. After reading the whole article, everything makes sense.

7/30/2012 04:09:11 AM Report Abuse
Gee-Dub wrote:

I don't know that it is "who wrote this article" as much as it may be who picked the photos(?).

7/22/2010 10:24:17 AM Report Abuse
rupps3 wrote:

I don't know who will be cutting your dovetail pins but if you use the marking method pictured above, then they'll have a hard time. It appears you are using the "pins first" method for transfer, however, you're using a TAIL board. Who wrote this article?

6/19/2010 05:15:48 PM Report Abuse

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