Category Archives: Knives and Blades

Bahco Detail Carbide Scraper

Tool: Bahco Triangle Detail Scraper

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I really like this little scraper. It’s a dangerous little beast and can cut through most finishes, if not most materials. I’m certain if Carry Underwood dug the Bahco scraper into the side of her boyfriend’s suped-up 4-wheel drive it would have been irreparable.

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The little things

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When I’m not reaching for a pencil I’m likely to be reaching for one of the little tools sitting on a slice of reclaimed mahogany that I use more than all the tools on Oddly enough, I only bought a few of them.

It’s interesting how some of the tools I appreciate the most I didn’t anticipate owning. Certain tools, like the odd-shaped blade with the dark wood handle, find their way into your shop and take a favorite spot.

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Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe

Tool: Cold Steel Trail Boss Camp Axe

For thousand of years the Axe has been a quintessential tool for humankind. Once an integral part of every carpenter’s tool box, the axe is rich with symbolism, history and function. An Axe is a bad-ass tool in the hands of a carpenter and the Trail Boss was an instant favorite that I now carry in my truck day-to-day! Though I queued up nearly a dozen Fiskar and Gerber modern ceramic chopping tools before purchasing this traditional steel axe with it’s hickory handle, I am very happy with my purchase.

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Sandvik (Bahco) Carbide Scraper

Tool: Bahco Carbide Scraper

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The Bahco Carbide Scraper is of my favorite tools! I know that may seem odd since I’m a carpenter, not a painter, but this carbide scraper does it’s job perfectly which is more than I can say for most tools. I was reunited with my lost Sandvik Carbide Scraper today prompting this gallery of my Sandvik/Bahco contractor-grade scrapers.


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Carbide Cement Board Cutter

Tool: Carbide Cement Board Cutter.

This is a great tool for a miserable task, cutting Cement Board. My first experience with WonderBoard® was far from wonderful. Even now that I’m fairly proficient with this material dealing with it still sucks. It’s hard, it scratches, it’s heavy and it’s difficult to cut. I don’t mind putting a diamond blade in a skilsaw to cut cement backer board but no matter what, I’ve got this nondescript double sided carbide tipped cutter “knife”. Scratch through the fibers, score the concrete board, crack like sheetrock. Good Luck with complex cut-outs.

[rating:90/100] – This tool got a good rating simply for existing and for being very dangerous.

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Carbide Cement Board Cutter

3 tools for better wood filler

I’m not going to write a lot about these three products because I don’t want to give away too many secrets. If you’re looking for the best way to color match and apply nail filler in your finished woodwork then these are the three things you’ll need:

  1. Famowood Water-Based Wood Filler
  2. *Mixol Universal Tinting Paste – get a couple colors, a little goes a long way.
  3. Hyde Tools 3/4″ Flexible Putty Knife

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