[nafex] Grafting Knife Recommendation

Scott Smith scott at cs.jhu.edu
Fri Feb 1 09:07:12 EST 2013

I am impressed with anyone that can get good results with a box cutter.  I tried and could not make a straight cut.  The grafting knife has a beveled edge, completely flat on the side down, which makes it easy to make straight cuts.

Cost-wise its about the same, the cheaper Victorinox knives are $10-$15 and you don't have to buy replacement blades.


On Feb 1, 2013, at 8:38 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/31/2013 10:17:25 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> moonwise_herbs at sbcglobal.net writes:
>> I've found that the best knife is a carpenters razor knife/ box cutter. A 
>> new blade can be put in and its sharp every time. As for grafting nuts, 
>> its all about the graft. The 4 flap banana graft is what I've had the most 
>> success with. You can see a video here....
> I agree with Little John 100%. 
> Grafting knifes are expensive, they need be sharpened and honed frequently. 
> I've owned grafting knifes in the past. Have used only carpenter knives for 
> the past 20 years for soft wood as well as hard wood such as Carya. When 
> the blade gets dull simply replace it. Some of the old time grafters (maybe 
> some today) would take the honing stones in the field with them to keep the 
> blades sharp. Simply reverse then replace the blade.  
> Don't lose time and waste money on a grafting knife. Successful grafting is 
> all about your skill, timing and graft method, not the knife. Yes, the four 
> flap is a good hardwood method. 
> Jerry 
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