L’Indispensable Knife- Spare Blade


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Custom Spare Blade

These are spare blades for the L’Indispensable Knives. Each blade is equal to the full length of the handle offering plenty of steel to sharpen and shape the blade many times.

The most common things that happen to your primary leather cutting knife are snapping off the tip and rapidly dulling the blade. Since this is a small blade, you can resharpen it fairly quickly and its length means you can grind the edge back often to get a new sharp tip. Sharpen after every use to both maintain the tools but also for good practice in preparation for sharpening trickier blades like skivers and head knives.  

A Customized Blade, Optimized for Edge Retention

The L’Indispensable knife has been a useful knife in many leatherworkers’ toolboxes. Its long blade that runs through the entire holder means that it will last you a long time. We have been offering this knife for a while but recently heard that, for our US customers, it was not being used as often. We did some digging and discovered that some people didn’t like the high-speed steel blade that came with the knife because it dulled too quickly.

There are always trade-offs in steel choice and the Blanchard blade favors ease of sharpening over durability. It is a softer steel that sharpens and hones easily but for the same reasons requires more frequent sharpening. The feedback we heard was that while people strop their blades often, they’d prefer to less frequently go to the sharpening stones.

We’re pleased to now offer a new L’Indispensable knife blade for leatherworkers wanting a blade with better edge retention and a higher potentional for sharpness.

This customized is made from a harder D2 steel that can honed to a very sharp edge with more durability. It has been professionally heat treated in a vacuum furnace to minimize inconsistencies and air hardened to RC58.

While harder steel will require more effort during your sharpening session, this new blade should need fewer trips to the sharpening stones and will stay sharp much longer with regular stropping.

Each blade has been sharpening by hand with water stones to prevent re-tempering the blade which weakens it. The edges are then honed and polished to a mirror finish. The result is an extremely sharp blade ready to use.

Tranchet de Peaussier 5mm pour Fourreau Laiton “L’Indispensable”
5mm wide, 20cm long (.2 x 8 inches)

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 12 × 2.25 × 1 in
Blade Shape