Make your own traditional tools! Improve your woodworking with this simple, home-forged striking knife. Patterned after an early 19th Century design, this striking knife has a flat blade with a single bevel on one end and a thin, round scribe at the other end. You can use a flat blade for severing fibers to make starting a saw cut or chisel cut cleaner and more accurate. Or, you can use the scribe for scribing lines or locating holes. This versatile tool is sure to be part of your woodworking kit, and takes less than an hour to make one. Make your hand tool joinery more precise and cleaner with this simple striking knife.
About the Author:
Peter Ross was introduced to blacksmith work while in high school, starting a lifelong interest in historic ironwork and the methods used to produce it two centuries ago. After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Ross worked under Dick Everett, an accomplished smith specializing in the reproduction of 18th century work. In 1979 Ross became a journeyman blacksmith at Colonial Williamsburg, and three years later was made master of the shop. For the next 25 years Ross studied surviving artifacts and worked to re-discover forgotten historic methods. Today, Ross operates his own company making holdfasts, compasses and other tools for woodworkers, including Roy Underhill and Christopher Schwarz.
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