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September 1, 2011

Purfling [inlay] marker or cutter

I picked this up on a trade, sent the fellow a copy of Shellac, Linseed Oil, & Paint – Traditional 19th Century Woodwork Finishes and I know I am happy with the trade.

This is for marking or cutting purfling inlay on musical instruments.  The purfling is the decorative and strengthening ebony/holly/ebony narrow stringing around the edges of violins, violas, and cellos.

This tool marks out and makes the initial cuts.  It is adjusted with thin metal shims between the two outside marking / cutting blades for different widths and there is some adjustment from the round fence by placing shims behind the cutter blade.

Have to send this off to a luthier friend to give it a try.



  1. That looks like a great tool. Let me know if you find any more: my luthier friends would probably find them very desirable.

    By the way, I’m looking forward to trying all your new finishes.

    Comment by Tico Vogt — September 1, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Is that a French or a German tool? I’ve never seen one set up horizontally like that before. Usually purfling markers have a more dainty appearance, this one looks like it was meant to be cranked on hard, very intriguing.

    Comment by Philip R — September 4, 2011 @ 11:26 am

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