Palette knife

Palette knife

A palette knife is a blunt knife with an extremely flexible steel blade and no sharpened cutting edge. It is primarily used for mixing paint colors, paste, etc., or for marbling, decorative endpapers, etc. The "palette" in the name is a reference to an artist's palette which is used for mixing oil paints. Certain artistic techniques call for painting with a palette knife.

Art palette knives come primarily in two types:
*symmetric knife resembling a putty knife with a rounded tip, suited for mixing paints on the palette;
*asymmetric knife with a pointed tip, lowered or "cranked" like a trowel, suited for painting on canvas.

Palette knives are also used in cooking, where their flexibility allows them to easily slide underneath pastries or other items. See frosting spatula.

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  • Palette knife — Palette Pal ette, n. [See {Pallet} a thin board.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Paint.) A thin, oval or square board, or tablet, with a thumb hole at one end for holding it, on which a painter lays and mixes his pigments. Hence, any other object, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palette knife — palette ,knife (plural palette knives) noun count a knife that an artist uses for mixing paints or putting paint on a picture …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • palette knife — palette knives N COUNT A palette knife is a knife with a broad, flat, flexible blade, used in cookery and in oil painting …   English dictionary

  • palette knife — n. a thin, flexible steel blade with a blunt edge and wooden handle, used by artists to mix colors and clean the palette, and, sometimes, to apply paint …   English World dictionary

  • palette knife — n a knife that bends easily and is not sharp, used for spreading a substance, for example in cooking or painting …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • palette knife — ► NOUN 1) a thin steel blade with a handle for mixing colours or applying or removing paint. 2) Brit. a kitchen knife with a long, blunt, flexible, round ended blade …   English terms dictionary

  • palette knife — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms palette knife : singular palette knife plural palette knives 1) a knife that an artist uses for mixing paints or putting paint on a picture 2) British a knife with a wide blade used in cooking for spreading… …   English dictionary

  • palette knife — noun a spatula used by artists for mixing or applying or scraping off oil paints • Hypernyms: ↑spatula * * * noun, pl ⋯ knives [count] 1 : a knife that has a blade which bends easily and that is used by painters to mix colors and apply paint 2… …   Useful english dictionary

  • palette knife — /ˈpælət naɪf/ (say paluht nuyf) noun 1. a thin, flexible blade set in a handle, used for mixing painters colours, etc. 2. a blunt, rounded, knife like kitchen instrument, used for lifting cakes from the baking tray, spreading icing, etc. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • palette knife — noun In painting, a small, edge less, more or less flexible steel blade used to mix paint on a palette and sometimes to apply paint to a surface …   Wiktionary

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