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Old 05-21-2013, 09:49 AM   #16
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I guess most people prefer blue steel.
No it is what the store buys to sell you they buy cheap sell it for a profit most people that go to the box stores are only doing this one time and one time only. So carbon steel is what they grab and when the job is done in to the rubbish bin goes the knife. I love the SS knives.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:31 PM   #17
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A 14" knife will not fit in a 14" pan.
It will if you shop at Home Depot.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:50 PM   #18
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I still don't see the need for a 14" knife. But hey not my money.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #19
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14" knives were a fad in the mid to late 90's here. Even when wiping down behind boxes the need for one pointless. If someone cant finish with a 12, chances are they cant finish with 14 either.

I only use Stainless for my smaller knives_4,5, and blue for my 8,10,12. All sheetrock brand with the green hammer handles. Same with pan sheetrock brand.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:02 PM   #20
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I read that stainless marks up the walls. I guess that bothers some home owners. I need stiffness for my current job so blue steel was right for me. Stiffer than what I have would be even better. I had to slide the left 4" of the knife down a finished wall and I wanted the right side to be parallel. I think the thickness of the mud caused some flexing so I had to make extra passes.
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I have never had stainless mark the wall. What kind of mark?
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Never ever had a a stainless steel knife mark a wall. I think what you read or was told is bunk on stainless.
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Can't find it now. I wouldn't have worried about it anyway. I didn't even mind the rust marks from my plain steel trowel. I stopped using it because I discovered it wasn't straight and had no stiffener between the handle and blade. I don't think I would have bought the 14" knife if I had a 12" knife.
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I've got a couple of 4" knives I used for handling ink at work. For small projects they've been fine, but now I've got a lot. I'm going to pop for the 14". I'll leave my problems and questions for another thread. God, I hate this.
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Just my $.02 I have been doing drywall for many years now, and I would not even consider a 14" knife. They are hard to handle, the pan full of mud gets heavy, and they gouge the surface very easy. When I was using knifes 12" was as big as I would go. But to be fair now that I use a hawk and trowels I use a 12" 14" and 16". I find they are stiffer and I have a lot better control and I can pull a lot tighter, (remove more compound) and leave a smoother surface.
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A buddy was telling me to get the biggest knife I can handle. Upon going into HD and handling a 14", I wouldn't even mess with a 12. I picked up an 8".
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