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A must-have tool for precision and accuracy in your leatherworking projects. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this custom-made knife features no wood on the bottom, allowing you to lower the cutting angle even more than usual.


Customised to perfection, the blade comes with a 60º slant angle as specially requested, providing the ideal cutting angle as the traditional paring and skiving knife. Experience enhanced performance while achieving accurate cuts and covering a wider area, all while effortlessly keeping the tip of the knife resting on the cutting surface.


Designed with comfort in mind, this skiving knife is available in both right and left-handed options, with a straight version also on offer. To ensure this knife maintains its sharpness, we recommend keeping a strop with Polishing Compound close by, giving the knife a quick touch-up while you work.


For any occasional touch-ups or when precision is paramount, we recommend using Starcke Matador Waterproof Wet & Dry Sandpaper or a sharpening stone with a minimum grit of 2000 (we personally prefer 5000 or 6000 grit). Always run the knife at the correct angle and in the right direction—never against the edge. Every 10 or 12 times you do this, simply run the knife 3 or 4 times over the back side of the blade (also never against the edge) to remove any burr and maintain the knife's peak performance.


With this skiving knife in your toolkit, enjoy seamless, precise cuts for all your leatherworking endeavors.

RWL 34 Paring-Skiving Knife by Leather Artisan Lab

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  • Material:

    Blade: RWL 34 Steel

    Wooden Handle: Desert Ironwood



    183H x 31W x 14D (Wood 11 mm + Blade 3) mm

    Made in China

  • RWL34 is a high-end stainless powder metallurgy knife steel that is known for its excellent performance and edge retention. It was developed by the Swedish company Damasteel and is widely used in premium and custom knife-making.


    Main benefits include:

    • Edge Retention: RWL34 steel has a high hardness and fine grain structure, which allows it to hold a sharp edge for extended periods of use. This makes it ideal for tasks that require consistent cutting performance.

    • Corrosion Resistance: Being a stainless steel, RWL34 is highly resistant to corrosion and rust, making it suitable for use in various environments, especially those with high humidity or exposure to moisture.

    • Wear Resistance: RWL34 exhibits excellent wear resistance, ensuring that the blade retains its sharpness even after prolonged use.

    • Toughness: Despite its hardness, RWL34 maintains a good level of toughness, reducing the risk of chipping or breaking during demanding tasks.

    • Fine Finishing: RWL34 steel is known for its ability to take and hold a fine edge, making it popular among knife makers who seek a high level of craftsmanship and precision in their blades.


    Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota) is a dense and durable hardwood native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is highly sought after for its beautiful appearance, strength, and unique characteristics, making it a popular choice for tool handles and other high-end woodworking projects.


    Main benefits include:

    • Durability: Desert Ironwood is one of the hardest and densest woods available, making it exceptionally durable and resistant to wear and impact. It can withstand heavy use and harsh conditions, making it ideal for tool handles that require strength and longevity.

    • Stability: Due to its dense and stable nature, Desert Ironwood is less prone to warping or cracking over time, ensuring that the tool handle remains intact and reliable.

    • Natural Beauty: Desert Ironwood is known for its striking color and intricate grain patterns, ranging from dark chocolate brown to deep purple with lighter streaks. This natural beauty adds an aesthetic appeal to the tool and makes it visually appealing.

    • Comfortable Grip: The wood's dense and smooth surface provides a comfortable grip, reducing hand fatigue during extended use and offering a secure hold on the tool.

    • Resistance to Moisture: Desert Ironwood has natural oils and resins that contribute to its water-resistant properties, protecting the tool handle from moisture-related issues like swelling or rot.

    • Unique Character: Each piece of Desert Ironwood has its own distinct pattern and character, making every tool handle one-of-a-kind and adding a touch of uniqueness to the finished product.

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