Introduction: Woodworking Marking Knife

Essential tool for woodwork. The handle is made of Macassar Ebony and shaped by hand. The blade is high speed steel made from a scrap from somewhere. The ferrule was turned from brass.


Tangski (author)2015-01-08

Ok, for those of us not as good as you....can you take it apart and show more details please??? It would really really really help:) The type of Ebony used is not illegal yet for use, but often comes in very SMALL pieces...this handle would cost about $80 here in, you may want to use purple heart, red heart, black walnut or another very dense hardwood instead...not so expensive either:) Well, you can at least get larger pieces!LOL

nancyjohns (author)2014-02-24

Great marker, but usually instructables have the instructions.

It's a really well made marker.

mbecks (author)2013-09-19

where did you get the wood. Is it African ebony that is illegal to harvest? If not id love to get my hands on this wood i love the look.

jazzguitar1963 (author)mbecks2013-09-19

It was bought from a place called Trend Timbers and it came from a legal source. You shouldn't have any problem getting enough ebony for a project like this.

glorybe (author)2013-09-19

An old spade bit could be ground to that shape as could an old file.

DIY-Guy (author)2012-11-19

It's so beautiful! How did you make it?

kleinjahr (author)2012-06-28

Beauty!!! The brass ferrule,from a compression nut?

I am in the shed! (author)2012-05-04

A very neat job, There are lots of people who wish marking knives as nice as this were generally available to buy - well done. (Now, where's that old 5/8" chisel)


I've seen them made from old (i.e., dull) spade-style drill bits. Usually very cheap at a flea market.

brianfss (author)2012-05-06

Very nice design. Did you paint the handle? It looks green in the pictures.
Can you give your overall dimensions?

jazzguitar1963 (author)brianfss2012-05-06

Thanks! No paint. Ebony is a very dense wood with very dark brown colouring, sometimes very close to black. There's no finish on it - it's only been polished. Overall length is 130mm (5 1/4")

caitlinsdad (author)2012-05-04

The brass bit is probably called a ferrule. Nice design, seems comfortable to use and won't roll on the workbench.

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