Psed again! http://www.xacto.com/Product/X218mtr1":3fppfz2k said:Can't say I've had much luck with a pencil, how do you get it between fine dovetails Jacob?
psed quick there jacob.
A Stanley knife (the old #199 fixed blade) has always served me well enough.Kernow":cumfa1dh said:Hello all
Could anyone give me some advice on buying a good dovetail marking knife? I've been looking & there is too many to choose from. Also I'm looking for a 50mm engineers square, are the faithfull ones ok?
Kernow, if you want a left-handed knife, I have one to spare and will gladly post it to you.Kernow":3lfnum3n said:mtr1":3lfnum3n said:
Thats the knife I was warming to. Will look at the Kirschen ones also.
That's why the Ashley Iles ones have a curved edge, so they can be rolled through smaller cuts or drawn across a surface. I always find that straight edged ones tend to go blunt quickly at the tip because that's the bit that ends up doing all the work.Jacob":2cwje8z5 said:The trouble with a knife is that you have to draw it across and it can go off line, or slice the side of the tail.
I am completely with Matthew, the curved blades of the AI marking knives are ideal, straight edged blades are rather senseless, since you only use the tips of them.matthewwh":v47ei7wz said:That's why the Ashley Iles ones have a curved edge, so they can be rolled through smaller cuts or drawn across a surface. I always find that straight edged ones tend to go blunt quickly at the tip because that's the bit that ends up doing all the work.
Not using a knife at all is the simplest solution i.e. either a thin chisel-ended craft "knife", or an awl.bugbear":2llat1fg said:......
* a thin blade, so that the blade thickness doesn't matter
* a double edged knife (either spear point, or double ended)
* Scandinavian grind so that both faces are flat and meet at the edge........
As a leftie, I'm used to tilting the knife so that the bevel plane runs on whatever edge I'm marking against, (but, as pointed out that's no use in dovetails). That said, I like this one. I've deliberately rounded the end slightly, as it holds its edge better, but it's comfortable (important) and sharp. I bought it when it was on offer - £15 is rather steep IMHO.bugbear":1wacj8af said:For this reason a thick single bevelled blade is no use (e.g. Kiradashi), since the line would be offset by the blade thickness for one of the cuts.