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Candle trimming knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by InMused, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. InMused

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    As a priest, one of the tasks I find myself using a knife for is trimming candles. This requires the removal of excess wax around the edge of a pillar candle without touching the wick.

    Often churches had old table cutlery knives for the purpose, but they are often blunt with blades that are too long. I have used a variety of blades over the years, but again, they are not fit for purpose. I have cut myself far too often with knives doing this job.

    So I have been thinking about a candle trimming knife and what it would look like.

    • Full length handle with a straight grip as the knife is held so that it is pulled around the candle towards the user.
    • Short blade of 1.5" to 2"
    • Thin blade as thicker blades wedge into the material and "chunk" the wax off
    • Straight blade like a tanto or sheepsfoot.
    • Stainless, as the blade would need to be cleaned with boiling water to remove the wax residue.
    Any ideas on either of the shelf or custom blades?
     
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  2. CatherineM
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    I first trained at a sacristan 40 years ago. My favorite candle trimmer is the serrated part of the orange peeler on the victorinox executive.


    Sent by owl post.
     
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    A spyderco hawkbill knife might work for that
     
  4. KeyeEl

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    Those tools that wood carvers use might work. Full sized handles with smaller blades.
     
  5. Valerian

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    Sounds like a job for one of those break-pieces-off-the-blade kind of box cutters, since they are also retractable and easy to carry. But if you want something less disposable, have you considered a Victorinox paring knife?
     
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    Yes, I am thinking of something less disposable.

    Excellent idea. I was looking at one in my kitchen draw tonight thinking how I would shorten the blade. Also a Opinel paring knife could be a candidate.
     
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    I would recommend you a Victorinox Pruner. Great sheepfoot style blade, size is great, and it is very functional. Great for garden or picking mushrooms, or just utility knife that doesn't get too much attention.
     
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    Like KeyeEl said, carver's knife?
    [​IMG]
     
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    I have a Victorinox Florist (Solo with a sheepsfoot blade) you can have. It shows lots of wear and aint pretty, but it's sharp. If you PM me your address, I'll send it to you.
     
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    The sheepsfoot on a Victorinox Electrician is great for pull cuts like you've described, but looks like @ MTFatboy has you covered with a very similar blade! :angel:
     
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    instead of a standard knife, I would look for a crafter's hot knife, there are some that are made for cutting wax candles.
     
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    Darn neighborly of you! Well done!
     
  13. InMused

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    I really like this idea. I'll look at my local woodworkers tool store. I think Mora make some nice carver's knives.

    Awesome. Worth a try. PMed


    Indeed. Thanks
     
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    This will hit my local Post Office today, and may reach you this year.
    [​IMG]

    If you find you need something a little bigger, you might look at the Opinel No 8 pruning knife, although I personally find a hawkbill-type blade impossible to keep satisfactorily sharp. If you find you would like something more satisfying to carry, you might look at the Case Swayback Gent EDIT--(Like this one from another thread)
    --What I'm sending you cost me little and wasn't used by me at all, so if it doesn't suit you, there's certainly no reason for you to be stuck with it. I'm sure you can find another use for it or someone to whom to pass it forward.
     
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    Thanks MTFatboy. Hugely appreciated.

    I have been looking at the idea of shortening and reshaping a Opinel fixed paring knife. But I will give your florist a crack first.

    Pax
     
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    Call it coincidence. Just trimmed a bunch of candles here with my victorinox pruner blade.. Went pretty well..
     
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    That sounds like the safest bet so far, less likely to get cut so often.
     
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  18. InMused

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    My favourite candle trimming tool is actually a butane torch. Best tool to have in a sacristy.

    [​IMG]
    But that's off topic...
     
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    Here in Switzerland I often see these knives at flower shops/supermarket's flower section.
    Everywhere they keep half a dozen in a cup, opened tip down. Seems to be cheaper than fixed blades...
     
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    If a fixed blade: Mora Electrician's knife, full sized grip with a nice short little blade. I don't have one, but it fits what you want so.