Putty knife


Putty knife

Strictly speaking, a putty knife is a specialized tool once used when glazing windows, to work putty around the edges of each pane of glass. An experienced glazer would apply the putty by hand, and then smooth it with the knife. Modern glazing uses other ways of securing the glass to the window frame.

A spackle knife (called a scraper in British English, also known as a spatula in American English) is also commonly called a "putty knife," and is used for scraping surfaces or spreading material such as plaster in various construction trades. Widths from 1 1/4" to 5" or 6" are commonly available. Wider-bladed knives up to about 12" are used for sheet rocking. Larger blades are made, but generally lack the stability of the smaller blades and do not make a perfectly flat surface.

Stiff-blade knives, typically 1 mm or .040" thick, are suitable for scraping. Flexible-blade knives, typically 0,5 mm or .020" thick, are suitable for spreading. Disposable knives, with handle and blade molded as a single piece of plastic, are suitable for occasional jobs such as spreading roof patching tar, where cleanup may involve hazardous solvents.

ee also

*Taping knife


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