Help me choose the best grafting knife, right know i have the draper 76777 (the first photo) but it is a single edged knife. I am between those grafting knives in the photos, if you recommend something else let me know! Also should i sharpen the blades of the knives? The knife will be mainly used to graft fruit trees like citrus. Is it worth to give $40 for the victorinox in the last photo?

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  • There is usually no "best", in any thing. You should describe your use, to see what it is best for you (species and type of grafting). A knife for roses is very different than "omega [as form of the letter] scissors" for vines, or a knife for Prunus trees. Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 6:29
  • i want it to graft citrus mostly and generally fruit trees. My type of grafts will be bark grafting and T budding
    – csandreas1
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 6:33
  • Grafting knives are normally flat on one side, which I assume is what you mean by "only cuts from one side" - you sharpen them like a chisel - flat side flat, bevel meets the flat side. You certainly don't want a double-edge blade, that makes it hard to put pressure on the back of the blade with your thumb. If you need a lifter for T-Budding you can whittle one or get one separate from your knife-only knife.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 12:40
  • @Ecnerwal yes it is flat on the one side, that is what i don't like on the grafting knife of the first photo, because a knife is always better to cut on both sides for obvious reasons, especially when you want to shave a scion for bark grafting, it is harder to do it backwards
    – csandreas1
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 16:24
  • I have to think you have a technique or preconception issue. If it was obviously better to have a double-bevel on a grafting knife, that's how they would be made. Likewise, I don't understand what you think has to be done "backwards" when using a single-bevel knife. Unfortunately, this is not something that the internet excels in helping with - hands-on is much better, and even then there can be gaps in understanding - but I wonder how you learned, and suspect you are doing something in an unusual way compared to standard techniques. You can cut bevel-up or bevel down, for one thing...
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 2:03

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I am a new grafter but the Felco Victorinox was recommended to me as good quality knife to use as it keeps a good edge without constant sharpening and is very durable. I have one now.

  • is this double edged?
    – csandreas1
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 20:34

I bought Swiss victorinox grafting knife and it is extremely sharp and great tool.

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