Edit, to add the following new links related to the Pattern Pilot:
- The Pilot Kit Knife Marking Knife class that Bob will be conducting at WoodworkersZone.com (a new woodworking forum, with emphasis on mentoring/tutoring, and woodworking education), and
- A link to the Pattern Pilot kits now available from Czeck Edge.
Earlier this year I posted an image as a footer to a blog post, announcing the Pattern Pilot from Czeck Edge Hand Tool (Bob Zajicek is the Owner). What I did not state then was that Bob sent me my own Pilot, for use in the shop. I have been putting it through the paces, doing real work on real work pieces.
The bottom line: The Pattern Pilot is great.
Here is the Pattern Pilot upon arrival:
And I have been putting through its paces. Here I am marking an offset for a table leg:
Every now and then I take a break, and so does the Pattern Pilot – but I use it for just about all my layouts:
The Pattern Pilot has a beefy blade; whether right- or left-handed, you can use the Pattern Pilot just as easily. The double bevel on the blade ends in a very sharp point, and it cuts beautifully – with zero tearout. Layout lines are crisp, thin, and visible, even in darker woods such as walnut. To help my aging eyes I tried a little chalk at the intersection of two lines; the result has to be seen to appreciate it: The thin lines fill beautifully; as a result, the work piece can be positioned extremely accurately in jigs such as the Leigh FMT:
I like the marking knives and other layout tools from Czeck Edge – they are terrific! In fact, the following shows my growing collection of Czeck Edge layout tools:
Disclosure: You may have noticed I have a Czeck Edge banner on the right-hand Sidebar of the blog. Bob is one of my blog sponsors. We spent time together at the Woodworking in America hand tool conference in Berea, in November 2008, talking tools, blogs, friends, beer, etc.
Just yesterday I learned that Czeck Edge offers the Pattern Pilot in kit form! I was reading Jameel Abraham’s Khalaf Oud Luthiery blog. I had missed this altogether! With apologies to Czeck Edge – sorry, Bob! NOW the rest of the world should know it.
World, hurry and place your orders for these wonderful marking knives. Just click on the Czeck Edge banner on the Sidebar, to go to Bob’s Zajicek’s web site. Or click on the image below: