A place to discuss grafting, orcharding, and related topics.
I hear these sorts of discussions all the time and am mystified by it all. I've been grafting for over 40 years using the same pocket knife...a Buck cadet that I bought when I turned 12. I use the sheeps foot blade and have grafted untold numbers of apples, pears, plums, walnuts, hickories, persimmons and other things with it. A few years ago I received a Wenger grafting knife as a gift. It's okay, but I prefer my jacknife. I've talked to a few professional grafters who work on nut orchards in California and they all have their favorite knives...few of them use specialized grafting knives. Also, when teaching grafting workshops I see more box cutters than anything and they work perfectly fine too. Find a knife that you like, that fits your hand well, and you'll do fine. The only thing I'll add to this is that you should know how to sharpen it. A dull knife is a world of frustration, so learn how to put a good edge on it (single bevel or double) and go grafting.
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