Well-made, handsome, and really solid in the hand, this unique knife has a drop point blade that slides completely inside the handle, or can extend as far out as 4". Made years ago here in the USA, but now imported, the high quality has not diminished at all—we know, because we have seen all the models.
Although this knife has numerous applications around the workshop, I added it to my toolbox specifically for its mastery of wood scribing; both freehand and following an angled, curved, or straight edge. In the past I have always reached for utility knives or other fine-tipped blades to complete this task. The problem with this approach is that tools with acute-angled tips and/or thinner blades have a tendency to flex if too much pressure is applied to them. Alternatively, if too little pressure is applied to these blades they have a propensity to drift along a wood’s grain particularly in harder woods like oak or cherry. Frustratingly, both of these issues result in an inaccurate scribe line and a poorly fitting joint. This little gem of a knife solves these problems via the unique shape of its tip and the subsequent distribution of its blade steel. Instead of ending in an acute angle, the blade of this knife is tapered (as seen in the photograph) and this results in more steel, greater bulk, and thus less blade deviation exactly where it’s needed: At the point where the blade touches the wood. The result is a scribe line of unparalleled accuracy and the resultant confidence to move onto stock sizing without the need to re-measure or re-scribe.
- Monday, September 05, 2011
The perfect rough carver
Jim (Virginia Beach, VA)
Those people critical of this beauty simply were expecting something different. This is a screw lock-blade with an extraordinarily comfortable and beautiful wooden handle. It is not a push-button utility knife that one might get at Wal-Mart. My wife bought me one, and it lay unused for months until I had the right job for it, doing some hand carving of mahogany and walnut, and the knife is perfect. The blade is strong and sturdy and retains an excellent edge, even after carving mahogany and walnut, both tough hardwoods. It is a 5-star knife all the way, baby.
I have had one of these knives for quite a few years. It is always on my workbench ready for a variety of jobs. I use is at a marking knife, utility knife, hacking knife, pencil sharpener, etc. This knife is superior to modern utility knives because the blade is heavier and not prone to breaking.
- Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sliding blade knife applications
Stan Hash (Williamsburg, VA)
The long blade of this knife is perfect for certain applications. It is similar to a shoemaker's blade that can be pushed between layers of a sole on a shoe and cut one layer from the other. I wished that the hex nut were replaced by a thumb-nut arrangement for quick adjustments.
- Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Joel (Riverton, NJ)
The description is misleading..it is a "wood handled sliding blade knife" but you need to use an allen wrench to losen screw to slide blade into the handle..the blade then protrudes from the other end..should at least come with the wrench..on the plus side the blade is very sturdy and sharp,worked well cutting vinyl siding..would have given it 5 stars if it was sold as a fixed blade knife.
- Thursday, October 22, 2009
Got a allen wrench?
Mike (Campobello, SC)
If you want a knife to leave on the work bench, uh, get a utility knife and save 10 bucks. If you want a knife to carry with you, it takes an allen wrench to loosen the blade to slide it in and out. This should have been in the description!
- Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Old one was excellent
Robert Whitton (Davidson, NC)
Bought one from Garrett Wade about 1975. It is a beauty, hefty and strong. This one looks improved in that the blade does not protrude out the back of the handle and the slot set screw appears to have been replacces with a allen nut.
- Thursday, April 30, 2009
Keith (New York, NY)
I bought this knife and I am deeply disappointed. It is a cheap China import at its worst. This is one poor knock-off.