Mexican Guitarmaker's Knife (The Paracho Big Knife)--$25 plus shipping

Paracho is an town in Michoacan province in Mexico where guitars and other instrument have been made for hundreds of years.

The guitarmakers in Paracho typically use a large curved blade knife to cut and shape most of the guitar. The video/DVD which I produced of Benito Huipe (Classical and Flamenco Guitarmaking with Benito Huipe) show him using the knife to cut the basic shape of the asoundboard, cutting fan braces, ciutting the soundhole, cutting fan braces, shaping the neck, carving the neck heel, carving the interior "foot", working on the bridge, and other operations.

In Paracho these knives are handfmade from old saw blades and from the hugh blade saw blades used to cut logs. Each knife is slightly different. they range from ones with 2" blades to ones with 4 inch blades. I have some which I can offer for sale for $25 each plus shipping.

The blades do not have handles. You can wrap tape or cotton cords around the blade. Or, you can make your own wooden handle.

This is a very useful tool. I have come to depend on this knife for many repair oerations in my shop.

Photo of blades showing the variety of shapes.

Photos of wraping chord around the handle. The chord and be secured with some cyanoacrylate glue at the starting point.


The price per knife is $25 plus shipping. If you live in Californa we must charge sales tax (8.75%)

Please contact me for shipping costs inside or outside the US.

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