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Old 04-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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I can't seem to stray away from good 'ole Carbon Steel knives.

I do love the Advance 14" SS knife.

Tried various 6" SS knife brands....still find myself going back to good ole carbon steel for that. NOW, if Advance made a SS joint knife, that might be it.

I do use the SS when I need something firmer when doing a pass over paper/corner bead and want to remove mud.

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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The only thing with carbon steel is that it corrodes almost instantly and I like stainless for the reason that it does not. You should shop to see if you can find one with the flex to it you are missing.

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Old 04-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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And stainless lasts much longer for that exact reason, no rust. I've always used Ames "feather light" stainless steel knives. They're recognized more for their line of "automatic" taping tools, but they do sell (or at least did) hand tools. I bought my second set of knives probably 10 years ago after getting 20 or so years out of the first set. The corners on the first set were severely "rounded off" from the years of use and I used them until the rivets in the handle of my 10" came loose (still worked fine, but I figured it was time). The new set wasn't quite as flexible as I was used to, but I got used to it eventually. As sdsester said, look around and find something that has the "right amount" of flex for you. Nothing wrong with the old "blue blades" if that's what you find to be your best "fit", especially for occasional use. Sorry, but I can't deal with the 14" knife (12" is plenty for skim). Or maybe I should say the 14" pan full of mud.....
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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I envy you mud guys. I pick up a taping knife once every 5 years or so. Moreso by choice, but this time, it was force of the hand due to Irene and 24" drywall cutback. Ended up taking down some walls, and some soffitt rework as well. Tapering and mudding /floating out the butt joints was all cake. Getting the final details on the inside/outside corners I'm dragging my feet on, as I like to get it to be less tapered and flat on the plane.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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Understand the circumstances and hate to hear it. Just be patient and remember "less is better" when it comes to finishing. Several thin coats will turn out better than trying to "pile on" a heavy coat (or two) of mud. Best of luck...
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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I'm looking for a 14" taping knife for several soffits and my two local big box stores only have blue steel. I could get one of these Wall-Board Tools knives or this Kobalt knife or I can look somewhere else for SS. I guess most people prefer blue steel.
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Old 05-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #7
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If you can wait for shipping time, go to All-Wall.com, they show several brands of 14" stainless knives. I've never used a 14", haven't seen the need, but they carry them from around $9.00 up.....
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #8
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Don't forget the mud pan also as most will not accommodate a 14" knife. A person that does a lot of finishing is continuously scrapping his knife on the side of the pan and over time this makes the knife more flexible. That is why a new knife always feels stiffer. When I used knifes and a bread pan I always went SS and 12" was as big as I went. But now that I've changed to hawk and trowel I use a 12 a 14 and a 16.
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I ended up getting one at HD tonight. I didn't get a pan. I spread mud on the knife with a smaller knife that fits in the tub of mud.
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That's the other problem ToolSeeker pointed out. I doubt you will find a 14" pan other than on the internet or possibly at a drywall supply. I may be wrong, but I haven't seen one lately other than online. Have never seen a need for a 14", but if that's what "float's your boat" go for it! Seems like a lot of trouble the way you're going about it (putting the mud on the big knife with a smaller one). If it works for you though, that's what counts...
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It fits my closet extension project perfectly. It lets me make one sweep down a 12-1/4" wall instead of two which would create a ridge that I'd have to smooth out. On the other wall it's wide enough so I can run it down the existing wall and make the new section perfectly level with it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #12
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Who uses a 14" knife? my standard set of knifes 4 inch for setting the tape 6" first coat 8" for second and 10 or 12" on the third coat and skim coat. 14 won't even fit in the mud pan.
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These 14" pans are supposedly in stock at my local Home Depot. I saw a $5 plastic one too but I'm satisfied without one.
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Hard to find, but the pans (and knives) are available. As someone who uses finishing tools on a regular basis, I've never seen a need for a 14" knife, but if someone sees a need the tools are available. Not really sure I'd spend the money for such a specific use that the OP is suggesting... but it's not my call.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:47 AM   #15
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Let me clarify something. A standard mud pan is 14" so it will accomodate a 12" knife. When we say a 14" pan what we mean is a pan that is for a 14" knife. A 14" knife will not fit in a 14" pan.

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