Drawing Knife: A shipbuilding tool with a long and slender sharp-edged blade and two handles, one on each end. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.
This special tool performs like a vice except that the jaws can be adjusted to clamp on an angle, to accommodate tapered items such as spars.
Designed to be clamped on the edge of a table or workbench, it can also be mounted on a separate board for greater portability.
Arrow Models is a family owned business established in 1990 and is located near the beautiful seaside resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England. Model ship building, whether from kits or from scratch, does not require a vast array of exotic tools.
To the right of the sanding block is a bulk pack of replacement blades for the hobby knife below and to the right of it.
Some entry-level ship model kits either come with tools (such as the Artesania Latina kit at right), or can be purchased with a tool set.


At the end of September 2015 we closed our high street retail shop and moved to new business premises to concentrate on our successful and expanding online business. Not only used for measuring, a steel ruler makes a great straight-edge for cutting long, straight lines. A hobby knife is probably the single most used tool in model ship building, and a good supply of spare blades should be kept on hand, and changed often, so you are always using a sharp one.
The pin vise holds the drill bits for drilling tiny holes, a common task in ship model building. Rigging thread is drawn across the beeswax to reduce its fuzz, as well as to help it lay more realistically. The only differences in the set pictured here with our tools above is the addition of a couple needle files, a magnifying glass with part-holding clips, a wire cutter (handy mainly for removing cast-metal parts from a sprue), paint, and a paint brush.
De edge of the blade was either straight or curved, most were curved; The angle of the blade also varied depending whether hard or softer wood was to be cut, a thinner blade was required for the hardest woods.
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If you don’t have one, a scrap of wood with a flat side with sandpaper wrapped around it and thumb tacked to the top will fill in its place. The locking sort prevent a brief relaxation of your hand sending a tiny part down to the floor, where it may never be found.
If you don’t have one, sometimes you can cut off the corner of a die-cut parts sheet to make one.
Don’t worry about beginner tool kits with much more than this, as you will probably end up with tools you seldom use.



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