Get a better grip on your layouts with this shop-made handle for your marking knife.

Japanese-style marking have right or left beveled edges and steep angles giving them a really sharp point — perfect for accuracy. However one drawback is that they don’t come with handles so they’re awkward to hold onto. To solve this problem I made handles to give me better control when I use them. The blade is sandwiched between two wood blanks. The copper rings or ferrules on the ends not only help hold it together but give the project the look of a traditional Japanese woodworking tool. A set screw holds the blade in the handle. It grips the blade firmly yet allows you to easily change blades or remove the blade for sharpening. In addition you can flip the blade around and slide the beveled end of the blade into the handle when you’re not using the knife.

What you get:

  • Unlimited access to this Video Plan — a full episode of the Woodsmith Shop TV Show!
  • 5 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • More than 20 full-color photos and illustrations
  • Retail sources for hardware and supplies
  • Shop-tested guarantee from the editors of Woodsmith and ShopNotes magazines

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