Top 3 Reasons to Use a Marking Knife

For a visual tutorial check out my video here:

If you want to make your cuts cleaner and more precise set down your pencil, and try a marking knife. Here’s why:

  • Precision: The cut the knife leaves is very thin, and can be indexed later by inserting a blade directly into it. (As opposed to trying to line up with a pencil mark.)

  • Knife-wall: The knife can be used to create a vertical face that will actually guide a hand saw or other tool.

  • Clean Cuts: Possibly the best reason is that the knife will sever the wood fibers on the outside of your work piece, thus preventing tear out from a saw or other tool. For this reason I recommend using a marking knife in conjunction with power tools too. For an example of using a knife with a Dremel Tool check out this short video:

-Happy shavings,

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