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Last week I talked about the first marking knives I owned and I showed one of the most practical ways to use them: making a knife wall to ensure accurate across the grain hand sawing. In this entry I will present a few of my other knives and give some recommendations to readers who want to use a utility knife etc., as a marking knife.

My first knives were a right-hand skew bevel by Crown, and a left-hand skew by Garrett Wade. Both are fine knives made from good steel. After a few years I bought my first spear point knife from Lee Valley and it became my all around knife. On top of the obvious advantage of a spear point knife (it incorporates both a right- and left-bevel skew), what makes this design really effective is its balanced center of gravity resulting from its thick and heavy blade. Now why is this such a great advantage? Two reasons.

1) It is easier to hold the tool while using it.


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