The Benchcrafted Skraper & Paring Skraper are versatile tools for tasks ranging from glue squeeze-out removal to refining surfaces and joinery, and everything in between.
The business-end of the Skraper is a solid carbide bar honed on three sides and ends. All 8 edges are razor sharp and capable of taking fine shavings. And since it's carbide, the edge lasts a long time. The Skraper can be resharpened with diamond abrasives. The blade can also be removed and flipped over if desired.
Glue squeeze-out. We all know that scraping glue while its still rubbery is a good technique, but oft times the glue can pull out wood fibers along with it, especially when using a card skraper to remove the glue. Here's where the Skraper shines. The 90 degree cutting angle , coupled with the thick carbide edge helps prevent grain tearing, especially when the tool is used at a skew to the grain.
Skewing the tool helps keep the grain in place while the skraper can do its job of shearing off the glue. The angled handle allows a zero degree approach, allowing space to get your fingers around the handle.
The Skraper also really shines for cleaning glue out of corners. After removing the glue, the Skraper can be used to take fine shavings from the surrounding area.
The Skraper can refine small areas while keeping them dead flat. A card skraper will hollow an area, while the Skraper will not. This is especially handy for maintaining the fit of some joints or the flatness of a surface. Holding the Skraper at a low angle and taking short strokes at a bias to the grain makes nice wispy shavings.
The Skraper is incredible on exotic oily woods like cocobolo. Holding the skraper upright with a rearward tilt (pulling the Skraper toward's your body) produces beautiful shavings. The Skraper makes dead flat scraped surfaces with no tearout.
The Benchcrafted Paring Skraper is a narrower, longer version of our Skraper that's capable of finer work, and getting into places that the Skraper can't venture. This tool makes it easy to scrape away glue squeeze out in deep, narrow recesses like dog holes, or the inside corners of small boxes or cases.
The Paring Skraper's 5/8" wide business end has a finely ground 3/16" thick carbide strobe, brazed onto an 8" steel blank. All edges are finely surface ground so each 90 degree face terminates in a sharp arris. Not only good for general scraping duties, the Paring Skraper excels at scraping dense hardwoods, plastics and some softer metals. You can touch up the flats (to make new, sharp arrises) with diamond hones.
The tool is much more deft in the hand for finer detail work, and can easily take a shaving from denser woods with much less pressure than the standard Skraper, which means you can do similar work with less effort, and thus gain more control.
The handle is simple too. A rubberized, textured grip that slips right over the chrome-plated steel handle. You can even remove the rubber grip if you wish, but this really is the perfect handle material for this tool.