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    James Wright
    Post count: 108

    I have now used 12 or more marking knives and have not come up with one I really like. what do you use and why?

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  • Joshua Farnsworth
    Post count: 68

    My marking knife

    Hi James,

    I also tried a bunch of marking knives. The chip carving knife really works nice for me. I talk about it in this buying guide. That’s what I saw Roy Underhill use in his classes.

  • James Wright
    Post count: 108

    Sweet! I missed the knife section when going through there!

  • Mike in TN
    Post count: 293

    After trying several different types, I have settled on a detail carving knife as my favorite marking knife. It just seems to cut better and sharpens easier than my other marking knives. Of course I sometimes use a chisel also for longer straight marks.

    Have fun

  • Oakenarm
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    My daughter bought me a pair (3/4 and 1/4 inch) of Hock Japanese style marking knives. I have been really happy with them so far. The 1/4″ one is really handy when marking interior cuts in tight spaces.

  • BFgeronimo
    Post count: 38

    I know this is probably not the “right” answer, but I’ve given up on any of the knives I have and tend to just go for my box cutter. One of these days I may buy a good set of marking knives like on Josh’s link, but I have a long list of tools i want/ need before I get there


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