Knives, Scalpels and Awls

Knives, Scalpels and Awls

A small incision in the timber with a marking knife, scalpel or awl is a much more precise mark to work to than a pencil line. Marking out in pencil first makes it easy to identify reference faces and edges and also gives you a chance to make changes before committing to a knife or scalpel line.

Because a marking knife line has depth, it can be used to register the tip of a chisel for the final paring cut, or bisected with a plane shaving to achieve very tight dimensional accuracy.

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    Quangsheng Luban 3 Piece Marking Knife Set

    £36.50

    A set of three woodworking knives made from M2 tungsten molybdenum steel, hardened to RC 59-62. 

    The hafted handles are made from pakkawood - a resin stabilised wood composite, with solid brass rivets and spacers.

    The set includes left bevel and right bevel which are very acceptable marking knives but are also ideal for carving and shaping or for making heavier cuts in leather or veneer. The spear point has shallower be...

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    Quangsheng Luban Spear Point Marking Knife

    £18.00

    Made from M2 tungsten molybdenum steel, hardened to RC 59-62, M2 is often used at somewhat higher hardnesses for woodturning tools, where it's excellent abrasion resistance provides superior edge retention.

    The hafted handle is made from pakkawood - a resin stabilised wood composite, with solid brass rivets and spacers.

    In an ideal world, a pair of marking knives gives the choice to work up against left or right templates when ...

  3. Quangsheng Luban Left Bevel Marking Knife

    £18.00

    Made from M2 tungsten molybdenum steel, hardened to RC 59-62, M2 is often used at somewhat higher hardnesses for woodturning tools, where it's excellent abrasion resistance provides superior edge retention.

    The hafted handle is made from pakkawood - a resin stabilised wood composite, with solid brass rivets and spacers.

    In an ideal world, a pair of marking knives gives the choice to work up against left or right templates when ...

  4. Quangsheng Luban Right Bevel Marking Knife

    £18.00

    Made from M2 tungsten molybdenum steel, hardened to RC 59-62, M2 is often used at somewhat higher hardnesses for woodturning tools, where it's excellent abrasion resistance provides superior edge retention.

    The hafted handle is made from pakkawood - a resin stabilised wood composite, with solid brass rivets and spacers.

    In an ideal world, a pair of marking knives gives the choice to work up against left or right templates when ...

  5. Okeya White Paper Kasaya Marking Knife

    £16.50

    If I had to choose one  Japanese Kogatana knife to use as a dedicated marking knife for fine woodworking, the Kasaya would be it.

    The laminated blade is less than 1.5mm thick, ground beautifully flat on the back (no ura) and has just a touch of springiness.  The bevel angle is very shallow so it is much more delicate than a Kiridashi and needs to be treated with a bit of respect, but that is no bad thing, placing a layout lin...

  6. Okeya White Paper Kiridashi Marking Knife

    Regular Price: £16.50

    Special Price £14.85

    The Japanese Kiridashi is a multi function single bevelled knife. Often sold as a Japanese marking knife, the stiff, single bevelled blade of the Kiridashi truly excels at heavier cuts; leather, veneers etc. Kiridashi are also wonderful tools for carving, they are used in Japanese kitchens for carving vegetables into ornate decorative flowers. Their suitability for carving also makes the Kiridashi a favourite tool for luthierie (stringed instr...

  7. Okeya White Paper Kogatana Marking Knives - Set of 2

    £27.00

    A general purpose knife and a fine and delicate one.

    Our Kogatana knives are handmade in Japan by Okeya, a traditional family blacksmithing business that has specialised in Kogatana knives (of which kiridashi, and kasaya are a sub-types) since 1927.  They have lately started producing a range of very good value kitchen knives as well.

    We have selected a ground finish, so these knives are slightly thinner than the stan...

  8. Kasaya Brass Bound Japanese Marking Knife

    £8.00
    Popular with students in Japan, this thin bladed kasaya marking knife is tightly wrapped in thin folded brass sheet. The blade is covered with a cleverly designed sheath with one side sprung so that it stays in place securely. The blade is made from Japanese high carbon spring steel strip, it takes a very acceptable edge and is easy to sharpen Cheap, practical, well designed and effective. Right hand bevel Overall length: 128mm Edge ...
  9. Kasaya Brass Bound Japanese Marking Knife Left Hand

    £8.00

    Popular with students in Japan, this thin bladed kasaya marking knife is tightly wrapped in thin folded brass sheet. The blade is covered with a cleverly designed sheath with one side sprung so that it stays in place securely.

    The blade is made from Japanese high carbon spring steel strip, it takes a very acceptable edge and is easy to sharpen

    Cheap, practical, well designed and effective.

    • Overall length: 128mm
  10. Quangsheng T10 Marking Knife

    £19.50
    An ambidextrous spear point marking knife made from the same wonderful T10 water hardened carbon steel used in Quangsheng plane irons. The potential weakness of this design is the tip of the blade, although the bevels are ground at 35 degrees the combined effect at the tip makes an angle of 20. T10 is one of the best performing steels for very acute grinding angles, nonetheless I would still recommend honing a small 5 degree secondary bevel...
  11. Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Left Bevel

    £12.50

    These beautiful marking knives from Ashley Iles are hand forged from carbon steel, so they take a sensational edge.

    There is a slight curvature to the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, so the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    The non slip rubberised handle feels comfortable and positive in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. As you would...

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    Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Right Bevel

    £12.50

    These beautiful marking knives from Ashley Iles are hand forged from carbon steel, so they take a sensational edge.

    There is a slight curvature to the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, so the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    The non slip rubberised handle feels comfortable and positive in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. As you would...

  13. Narex Birdcage Awl - Square Pyramidal

    £9.80

    A proper birdcage awl with a long slender square point, nicely hardened with sharp edges to create small holes in wood and ream them to size. The birdcage awl gets its name from making the holes in the wooden frames of bird cages into which the cane, riven wood or metal bars were inserted. The reaming action is very gentle, so it can be used in relatively close proximity to an edge.

    • Length: 164mm
    • Diameter: 6mm
  14. Narex Scratch Awl - Conical

    £9.80

    The scratch awl is used for scribing lines and marking points when laying out woodworking joinery.

    Correctly hardened and tempered high carbon tool steel with a comfortable beech handle.

    • Length: 164mm
    • Diameter: 6mm
    • Handle: Stained Beech
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  15. Starrett 70B Pocket Scribing Awl

    £13.50

    This Starrett Pocket Scribing Awl is a beautifully engineered little tool perfect for so many jobs around the workshop.

    The removeable finely tapered steel point, secured by a chuck, has been designed to be stored within the knurled, nickel-plated handle when not in use.

    Unlike wooden handled awls, this has a hexagonal head which prevents it rolling anywhere when placed on the workbench.  

    • Point Length: 72mm...
  16. Starrett Pocket 70A Scribing Awl

    £9.20

    This Starrett Pocket Scribing Awl is a beautifully engineered little tool perfect for so many jobs around the workshop.

    The smaller od the two we stock , it too as a removeable finely tapered steel point, secured by a chuck, designed to be stored within the knurled, nickel-plated handle when not in use.

    Unlike wooden handled awls, this has a hexagonal head which prevents it rolling anywhere when placed on the workbench.  <...

  17. Swann-Morton Scalpels and Blades

    From £1.80

    Swann-Morton Sheffield made stainless steel scalpels are favoured by surgeons around the world. Lightweight, thin and accurate but also reassuringly sturdy and robust they are excellent tools for making accurate finishing cuts in marquetry, veneering and instrument making.

    Nominated by Peter Sefton as the one tool he couldn't be without, the Swann-Morton Sheffield made stainless steel scalpel is a classic piece of design.

    They ...

  18. Double Sided A3 Self Healing Cutting Mat

    £10.50
    The perfect substrate for making precise scalpel cuts on thin materials. Made from a hard yet flexible plastic material developed so that cuts in its surface will close perfectly, leaving you with a consistent flat surface to work on. 450mm x 300mm x 3mm 17-3/4" x 11-3/4" (just a touch over A3). Plain on one face, graduated in cm squares with 45 and 60 degree angles on the other....
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