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Gilders Knives Information & Instructions


Gilders Knives


New gilders knives are somewhat dull, but can be sharpened to your own preference. Knives use for cutting leaf on gilders pads are generally left duller than those used to cut leaf directly in the book. Using a double edged knife allows the option of having two different sharpnesses on the same blade. Depending on usage, the blade may need to resharpened periodically.


To sharpen the blade use 400 grit sandpaper to slowly and carefully sharpen the blade to the sharpness you require.

You can check for nicks by slowly running the blade over a fingernail. Do not use your finger! If the blade becomes damaged or nicked, the nick can be removed by sharpening the blade.


Before its first use, clean the blade with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease that might be left on the blade from the manufacturing process.


When cutting the gold leaf, gently place the edge of the knife on the leaf and move it very little, just enough to cut the leaf. The knife should not tear the leaf unless there is a nick in the blade or oil on the blade.

Avoid touching or handling the blade to keep it free of oils that will cause leaf to stick to it.



Wipe the blade using a soft cloth and a small bit of rubbing alcohol to remove any grease.


Gilders knives are not toys and should be kept away from children. Edges may be sharp and can cause injury.


The conditions, methods of handling and use of this product are beyond our control and may be beyond our knowledge.  For this reason, we do not assume responsibility and expressly disclaim liability for loss, damage or expenses arising out of or in any way connected to the handling of this product.