Tool Test: Veritas ‘Workshop Striking Knife’

By Megan Fitzpatrick
Web page 16

Spear-point marking knives are my favourite marking knives
as a result of they’re an excellent all-around alternative for many format duties
within the store. As a result of a spear-point knife has two bevels and a
flat again, it may possibly simply register towards a information on both the
proper or left facet – very helpful when marking dovetails. And the
flat again means you don’t should rotate the instrument to make use of it up
towards a information (as you do with an X-Acto knife); which means
you possibly can sneak a skinny spear-point into the smallest of areas.

Spear-points are, nonetheless, a bit tough to sharpen, and the
level is definitely damaged off if, say, the knife rolls off the
bench of somebody who’s borrowed it.

I’ve lengthy used a premium spear-point knife, and as soon as I narrowed
my alternative primarily based on blade thickness and angle, I made my ultimate
choice primarily based on ergonomics; it merely felt proper in my hand.
However it wasn’t low-cost, and ideally I’d have second one for the
store at work.

Now, Veritas gives a wallet-friendly spear-point “Workshop
Putting Knife” that’s awfully good for the value. At lower than
$10, I can afford a handful – one for work, and some to mortgage.

The 1⁄32″-thick,  5⁄16″-wide A2 blade has a 55° included
angle on the tip, 25° bevels and a flat again (typical angles
for a spear-point knife). The black contoured deal with is
nylon-reinforced ABS plastic with a flat on all sides to maintain
it from rolling off the bench, and to assist register the place your
fingers ought to grasp the instrument. It comes with a guard to guard
the tip in storage.

Whereas I favor the burden and really feel of my premium knife in my
hand, the Veritas knife works nicely – and the value is tough to
beat. It’s a superb alternative as a backup knife or as a loaner
– or as a main knife when price range is a priority.

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spear-point marking knives

From the February 2013 subject #202

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