Paul Sellers' Blog

The Stanley knife I use

Someone posted on Youtube to ask me to talk about the Stanley knife I am using in my videos on making the European workbench used by joiners, carpenters and furniture makers through the centuries. I guarantee one thing, at least I think, they would have loved to own the Stanley knife I have been using for years. It has become the only knife I use for 99.99% of my work and every students that discovers it demands to know where they can get it. I walk in my local Richard Williams in Deganwy and buy them there, but I have bought them in bulk. It’s not the US Stanley 10-049 folding pocket knife, not quite, but they look almost exactly the same. The UK is slightly more lightweight and more refined and the blades are a different shape, that said, they are both excellent knives for fine woodworking and the 10-049 blade could easily be reshaped if preferred. The Stanley 0-10-958 is exactly the tool I want for all my daily work no matter the wood. Though the blades are typically replaceable, I sharpen mine in the tool as I would any fixed blade knife. A blade usually lasts me a couple of years and I sharpen up most days and often several times per day. For fine or rough work this knife cuts it, no matter how you slice it, and it will be the best £9.50 you ever spent on a knife. Many people are searching for a good, quality dovetail knife to reach into the inside corners of the different types of dovetails. If you buy one of these knives for cutting shoulder lines for any joint type you will discover a close and true friend second to none.


Both knives have a comfortable and attractive epoxy coated die-cast metal body folding pocket knife. They close with a simple spring mechanism that enables the blade to be locked securely in the extended position or stored safely within the body. The knife comes with 2 x 5901 (Stanley 0-10-958). Spare blades are contained in the handle as per other Stanley utility knives.

As I said, I resharpen my blade over and over a thousand times or more in its lifetime, but replacement blades are only £3.50 for three. On the other hand, I discovered that Stanley makes a disposable knife that actually has the same 5901 (for the Stanley 0-10-958) blade in the plastic holder and these fit their Stanley 0-10-958. You can buy these in packs of three for under £1.50.


As you can see, I advocate diamond plates for sharpening and I have 3×8 plates, but smaller ones will do the same for knives. This is simply a matter of eyeballing the same angles on a fine plate and rubbing back and forth until the new cutting edge emerges. Any burr quickly falls of as soon as you use it.