TYPES AND USES
Most knives have cutting edges and are used to cut,
pare, notch, and trim wood, leather, rubber, and other
materials. However, putty knives are used to apply and
spread putty when installing glass.
RUBBER CUTTING KNIVES
Rubber cutting knives come in a variety of styles and
shapes. Some taper to a blunt round point. Some have
a short, wide blade. Others have a long, wide hollow
ground blade. The handle is usually oval in shape.
Saddler's knives are used on leather and come in
different shapes. One has a broad point on a 1-1/8-inch
by 5-inch blade. One has a 5/8-inch by 3-7/8-inch
square point blade. Another has a 5-inch rounded-end
blade. Shoe knives are similar to saddler's knives, but
usually they have a 3/4-inch by 3-1/4-inch blade.
The shop knife is used to cut wallboard, paper,
cardboard, linoleum, canvas, and upholstery materials.
Most shop knives have an aluminum handle and have
storage space for five interchangeable blades in the 5-
Pocket knives are used for light cutting, sharpening
pencils, cutting string, and whittling. They are not
suitable for heavy work. There are many styles and
assortment of blades which are used for forcing holes,
driving screws, and opening cans, as well as cutting.
The blades are hinged and contained within the case
when not in use and are spring loaded to keep them
firmly in place when open or closed.