why this product

These blades are made of high carbon steel, one of the hardest metals used to make tools. Because of its exceptionally fine grain, high carbon steel can be given a much sharper edge than other alloys. The blades are extra thick to provide better stability and precise handling and adjustment.

use & care

The knives can be used for precision cutting, trimming, carving, and work in wood, paper, and other materials. Because of the double bevel, the blades are suitable for right- or left-handed use.

No handle means you can customize your own: wrap the shaft with tape, leather, string and make a loop through the perforation at the base to hang from a nail or your belt (though you may want to keep the blade in a sheath in that case).

High carbon steel is extremely hard, and therefore brittle, so the blade must be stored carefully to keep the edge free of chips or nicks and to prevent it from going dull (loose in a drawer is not recommended). High carbon steel is not corrosion resistant that's the price of having the sharpest edge and the best way to keep it from rusting is constant use. As an additional precaution, you may want to coat the blade with WD-40 or camellia or mineral oil. Keep dry. For the best performance and depending on frequency of use, you should sharpen and hone your blade regularly; the duller it gets, the more work will be required to bring the edge back.

production & design

These blades were designed and inspired by a renowned luthier.

Shaping, beveling, and slotting of the blades are done by hand-grinding and precision machining.

The company that makes these knives is located in the center of northern California's woodworking community and has been producing tools for these and other craftsmen for over 30 years.

(photo: Hock Tools)

about the designer

Carbon Steel Utility Knives

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Strong and tough high carbon steel is easy to sharpen and can be given the keenest edge. Double bevel. Made in the USA.

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    ¾-inch Knife: 3/32 inch x ¾ inch x 7 inches, tip: 25°, bevel: 25°
    ½-inch Knife: 1/16 inch x ½ inch x 7 inches, tip: 25°, bevel: 20°
    ¼-inch Knife: 1/16 inch x ¼ inch x 7 inches, tip: 10°, bevel: 35°

    High carbon steel

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  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000281676

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