January 18, 2019

Simple Knife For Shoemaking Craft

In the shoemaking craft, there are many different types of knives that you can work with. But you don’t need to have all of them, especially when you just start learning shoemaking craft,  you need to use only few of them. 

In this post, I am gonna talk with you about one of the most simple but very useful knives that will help you a lot in your shoemaking craft.

Basic Solutions in Shoemaking Craft 

One of the advantages of this knife is that it is very easy to source, you can find it, for sure, in your local stationary store because it is a utility knife. 

It is not the “conventional’’ shoemaking knife but this knife will be your best friend in shoemaking craft.

What is really important here is that you should have sharp blades to work easy and get good results.

The only disadvantage that this knife has is, that the blades become blunt very often and to keep up with the good work you should have a big amount of the changeable/new  blades.

So to not invest too much money in blades and to have always sharp knife I want to share with you super useful shoemaking craft idea on how to sharpen the blades for your utility knife.

Learn in this video what blades I recommend to use with your utility knife and how to sharpen them!

Where you can use this knife in your shoemaking craft?

  • 1
    To cut cardboards in pattern making
  • 2

    To cut taxon boards and shank boards to make cardboard insoles

  • 3

    To cut leather for upper and lining

  • 4

    To cut sole bends, if you don’t have good shoemaking knife

  • 5

    To skive, if you don’t have good shoemaking knife

In all these steps of shoemaking craft, it is super important to have sharp knife, especially in cutting leather and in the skiving as well. Now, if you want to learn more about other shoemaking tools that I recommend towork with in shoemaking, especcially if you are a beginner in shoemaking, read this post: "Beginners in Shoemaking Tools and Materials Definitive Guide 2023".

All Shoemaking Supplies 

If you want to make shoes there is no way around it, you will need knifes, hammers, leather, glue, shanks, boards, and everything else to get the job done.
For that purpose I have created a detailed list of everything you need to make shoes.

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Sveta Kletina

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  1. Hi Sveta,

    My blade is an XB141 Japanese Blade. It is very sharp except there is a draw back. The holder itself has a clip like that of a pen, that allows the user to attach the knife to a pocket. That clip seems to create a bit of discomfort by just barely resting against my hand when I use the knife. I hold my knife at a 45 degree angle sometimes 90 degrees when I cut.

    I will however practice your sharpening technique with the other knifes I have.

    Thank you for the tip.

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