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What are these knives for?
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PopFiddle
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I was looking for sound post tools on eBay and have repeatedly come across this set of knives.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/7pcs-v.....1132493360

The two knives on the left are the ones I can't figure out.  What are they used for?

I would post an image, but I can't find one freely available.

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I am by no means an expert, nor have any experience with any of those tools, but just by looking at them the second one from the left looks like it might be used to shave some wood, and possibly the first on on the left used to shape or carefully carve something. this is just a huge guess but thought i'd throw my 2 cents in. 

 

@cdennyb, @Tucson1 and @DanielB might be able to give you more insight into what these tools are since i know they've done some work on their violins. Good luck!!

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Sooo ,

Nice set of carving knives there ....the one on the left is fer the purfling grove around the edges , next is a straight across edge knife ...also refered to as a gouge ...

there is a sound post measuring tool and a sound post moving tool as well ...violin-1267IMG_2647.JPGImage Enlarger

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October 25, 2014 - 3:37 pm
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Continuing from Tucson1's explanation, the other three knives are great for soundposts and bridges. The thin one allows you to get into tight spaces on the bridge and make curves. The tool to the far right is for retrieving a loose soundpost.

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Opps ,

Thanks Pierre ...retrieving fallen sound post , not moving sound post ...my bad ...bunny-headbang     violin-1267

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LOL - Happens to the best of us. ROFL!!!

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in this post, on the 2nd page I showed several pic of tools I fabricated for a fiddle rebuild I did about 10 months ago. here is the link. Go to the 2nd set of images.

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/fi.....ld/page-2/

 

I think I hade more enjoyment making the things I did then actually buying them. Its all part of the violins story now. :)

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Very creative :)
Thanks for the post.

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Tucson1 said
Sooo ,

Nice set of carving knives there ....the one on the left is fer the purfling grove around the edges , next is a straight across edge knife ...also refered to as a gouge ...

there is a sound post measuring tool and a sound post moving tool as well ...violin-1267IMG_2647.JPGImage Enlarger

Thanks to all for posting.

The purfling knife was the most confusing, the rest I figure were just utility knives.  But the gouge, the second from the left, is still kind of peculiar.  Why is it so short?  Is the edge on the front or on the side?  It doesn't have a particular use?

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You want the short answer?

 

They're for cutting stuff.facepalm

The "gouge" as you call it (looks like a typical 3 edge skew knife) is often times used for trimming wood on corner blocks inside the violin. It's short to prevent undue deflection. And a short blade is easier to control in very small areas prone to damage from errant slips.

Actually, every cutting tool you have in that picture can be used for just about any cutting operation during the build. They are specifically shaped for some "in particular" cutting tasks but for the most part, you can use them wherever they work best, there is no hard & fast rule to use them only in a specific situation.

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