May 26, 2020

Beavercraft C9 Marking Striking Knife Review [UPDATED]

Thinking of getting the Beavercraft C9? Whittling and wood carving are one of the most ancient art forms. People would carve shapes out of wood to make furniture, tools, sculptures, and ornaments. The difference between a well-made carving and something impersonating can be the tools you choose to carve with. 

A marking knife is essential in woodworking. They can make all the difference. A poorly performing knife will not get you the shapes that you need. The same goes for any layout tools that you may need to use.

BeaverCraft C9 on a grey background

The Beavercraft C9 Marking striking knife marks lines for fine joinery. The special design of this knife is made to help you make very accurate cuts with the chisel end of the knife. It will help you bring out the artisan in you. This knife will make you seem like a professional woodcarver if you are starting.

Aesthetics

One look at the C9 Marking striking knife, and you will think that you are looking at a chisel. The handle and blade are basic looking. The handle is a light brown hue. While the blade is thick in width, pointed at the end, and has one sharp angled end. 

BeaverCraft C9 in palm

The angle helps you make accurate markings on the wood to follow through with a saw and cut correctly. It looks better than its competitors, and we can give it that much. 

The handle is flat and sits snugly and comfortably in your hand. Some marking knives are shaped like screwdrivers, which can be tough to grip. It is made of Ashwood from the ash tree,  which by nature is light-colored. 

Hues of beige streak down the handle, all while the straight grain is visible, and this makes for an aesthetically pleasing knife in all. It is also covered in linseed oil, like other Beavercraft products. This helps to keep the handle. However, this does not mean that you should not take care of it. 

Moisture does not do well for this knife’s longevity and durability. It is also bad for the blade and can cause rust in the long run. The knife needs to be wiped and kept dry. 

The blade is made of hardened high carbon steel, which has a clean look, and the manufacturer’s logo is etched in the steel. In total, the knife measures 145mm. The handle on its own is 105mm, while the blade is 25mm long and 17mm wide.

Performance Review

This knife is a must-have for any woodcarver who cares about straight-cutting and carving. The blade is made of high carbon steel, which is even more potent than the average carbon steel. It can cut into almost any wood, thanks to the blade’s strength. 

This good quality stell and the geometric shape of the blade allow for precise marking and striking. The blade is also thin enough to make accurate marks using a ruler and the knife without any excess material getting in the way. 

The blade is also sharpened correctly, making it easy to cut through any wood, whether soft or hard. It may seem like you do not need a sharp knife for softwood, but on the contrary, cutting with a dull or blunt knife will not achieve the job even on softwood. It is also a safety hazard. 

The handle has a design that fits comfortably in your hand while you mark. And if you want to hold the knife perpendicular to the wood, you will still have a comfortable angle, as you have a place to rest your hand. This also gives you better control.

Safety

The C9 marking and striking knife come out of the pack, ready to be used. It is already sharpened, and you must be careful when reaching out for it. It is pretty easy to get poked by the pointy tip of the knife.

Always make sure that you keep it out of the reach of children. The cutting edge is also very sharp, and caution needs to be exercised. 

You can also keep your fingers safe by wearing gloves to protect your hands as you mark. Wear the gloves on the hand holding the wood or holding whatever device you are using as a stencil to make sure that you mark the shape you want to carve out of the wood.

Who is this product ideal for?

The great thing about this marking and the striking knife is that users can use both left and right hands. This tool is best used by people who know what they are doing. This means it is not ideal in the hands of a beginner.

Pros

  • It helps you make marks for fine lines on the wood. 
  • It allows you to have accurate geometric shapes carved out
  • It is strong
  • It can cut through any wood
  • It comes ready sharpened  

Cons

  • The sharp edge is a double-edged sword (pun intended), which means you need to exercise extra care when handling the knife.

Our Verdict

When it comes to whittling, many tools are on the market, but it is not all that is an absolute must-have. Some are nice to have. But at the C9, marking and striking knife is one that you will be thankful for. 

This knife is a must-have tool for every woodcarver. It will help you get accurate if you have ever wondered how you can cut through a piece of wood without going astray and cutting crooked. This knife will solve all these issues for you without having to draw on the wood. 

Weighing a measly 40 grams, you can carry this around, also to some of your regular whittling tools. Thanks to its unique shape, you can also use this knife to cut out geometric shapes. We recommend this knife. Happy shopping! See our Beavercraft C1 Small Whittling Knife Review.

David D. Hughes
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