Lead knives with curved blades can be held vertically or horizontally against a material to cut it. They’re designed to cut lead came and other tough materials, such as leather and vinyl.
The curve in the blade of these knives can be used to gradually cut into things like lead came, without crushing it, by rocking as it cuts. The pointed end of the blade can reach into tight spaces.
These lead knives often have a metal inlay on the end of the handle which can be used for light hammering jobs and also adds weight to the tool.
What are curved blade lead knives used for?
These knives can be used for came glass work – the rounded blade is designed to cleanly cut lead came. The point can chip or scrape away putty or cement from finished panels of came glass work.
Curved-blade lead knives can usually also be used for jobs other than lead came work, such as cutting vinyl flooring, lino, leather and carpets, depending on the specifications of individual knives. The point can be used to penetrate material pieces, the sharp blade can then cut the required shapes and lengths. It’s always worth checking the specifications of individual knives to see what materials they can be used with.