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Beebe Knives

I’ve been using a Beebe carving knife to mark out my dovetails quite successfully for the past few years now. The knives are hand made by Canadian knife maker Paul Beebe and sold through Lee Valley Tools.

I’ve seen and read enough articles and information on marking knives, their uses, the pros and cons of each and what to look for when purchasing one. The one pictured here is sold as a ‘carving knife’ but I’ve been using it to mark out my dovetails. They have a nice narrow blade making it quite easy to reach in between the narrowest of tail. They have an extremely comfortable 5 1/2″ Pau Ferro hardwood handle that’s contoured for a good ‘in-hand’ feel while working. The hand forged blades come polished and perfectly sharpened which is also nice, I may need to touch up mine once a year at best! Lee Valley sells a few different varieties of Beebe knives but the model I prefer for marking dovetails is the #8. I own four different styles of Beebe knives and find this one best suited for dovetail marking. It retails for about 35.00 Canadian; a sweet price for a knife that will last you a lifetime.

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  1. Posted by Louis Bois on Jan 29th, 2010

    Hi Tom,

    I’ve been going over your blog entries on my day off (when I should be in the shop!!!) and have been enjoying your articles and comments tremendously. I’m an “east coaster” as well…sorta…from NB…and I currently live in T.O. as well, so I’m in tune with your move decision to be closer to the action. Any ideas how we could move this city to the coast?!? ;-)

    Just a quick comment about this post on Paul’s knives. One of the things that jumps out at me when reading just about anything…are grammatical errors. There aren’t many here…but if you can, could you please correct Paul’s last name? It’s actually “BEEBE”…not “BEBEE”. It’s not a big deal, but every time I read it, one of my eyes wrinkles up as though I’d bitten into a very sour lemon! ;-) My wife always said I had a face for radio…and this extra facial tick is not helping my cause.

    Keep up the excellent work and I look forward to meeting you…one of these days.

    Best Regards,


  2. Posted by Tom Fidgen on Jan 29th, 2010


    thanks for the comments- I know what you mean about moving the city…couldn’t agree more. I would love it if my 24 hour drive back home every summer was more like a two hour drive!
    Oh well…
    thanks for pointing out the name- Beebe.
    I just fixed it!
    keep well.

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