Oboe reed knives made by Chiarugi in an assortment of options. Crafted from high-quality steel with hardwood handles. These are great quality knives at affordable prices for students and professionals alike.
Sometimes people will ask me about reed knives, which ones I like, which one I think is best, and which one I recommend. I have certain knives that I use a lot, and some that I use only on occasion, this is not because I think some are inherently better than others, but because I find that some work better for certain scrapes, and some work better others. The analogy I often use is that reed knives are like paintbrushes, a painter has a lot to choose from, different stages of the artwork will require a different brush. The initial covering of the canvas with paint requires a different tool than the final details of a person’s face. I often use a heavy beveled knife to initially scrape off the outer layers of bark, but I do not tend to use that same knife when finishing the tip of oboe reeds. This is not to say that a reed cannot be made with one knife alone, but I prefer to used a few different blades at different stages in the process.
Beveled reed knife- A must have for removing the ears off oboe reed blanks. I used beveled reed knives to removed bark and scrape oboe reeds on the first day of scraping.
Wedge reed knife/double hollow ground- the wedge style knife by Chiarugi is a great “all around” knife that can quickly remove cane from the outer layers, but is light enough to make the final tip adjustments of the reed making process.
Single hollow ground reed knife- Similar to the beveled knife, but is ground to be concave on the bottom side.
Razor knife- has a very thin spine, and a very light blade. Some people used for clipping the tip of the reed on a cutting block. Can take on a defined burr when used with a burnishing rod, which can be wonderful for tip work and defining the different sections of the reed.
Pen knife- similar to the razor knife, but shorter. A great, compact reed knife to have in your oboe case for adjusting reeds while not at your reed desk.
Oboe reed sanitation against Corona Virus (Covid19).
Oboe reed sanitation is something that every reed maker must be familiar with when selling reeds to the public. Reed makers must try and adjust every oboe reed or English horn reed I made to ensure proper function. I traditionally use Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) for a few reasons
HP seems to be more gentle on the vascular bundles/cell integrity of the cane.
Hydrogen Peroxide is made up of 2 atoms of hydrogen, and 2 atoms of oxygen (H2O2).Hydrogen Peroxide decomposes to become water (H2O) and oxygen which are non-reactive, and have no taste.
HP seems to be a great cleaner for older reeds that may need revitalization, making it a substance that all double reed players should have on-hand.
Due to the recent covid-19 (corona virus) outbreak I have made a switch to using both Hydrogen peroxide along with Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect oboe reeds and English horn reeds. Northampton MA has not yet had any cases of Covid-19, however I am approaching my sanitation process as though I have already been in contact with the virus.
Soak reeds in alcohol for 30 seconds, remove from alcohol and let let the alcohol drain through the staple.
Let reeds sit for 3 minutes and then dip the reeds in fresh distilled water to rinse off alcohol.
Allow reeds to dry fully away from reedmaking station (4-12 hours).
Wash hands thoroughly.
Place reeds in hydrogen peroxide for 30 seconds, remove from HP allow excess liquid to flow through the staple then shake excess moisture from the reed. Allow reeds to dry full
Wash hands and insert reeds into their packages for shipping.
The Covid-19 virus can survive on surfaces for 4-72 hours.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces. As an added precaution I am allowing reeds at least 3 days to reach their destination after being packaged. This ensures that if the inside of the package was contaminated, the virus will spend enough time in the packaging to die. I will not expedite shipping until further notice, and packages expected to reach their destination within 1-2 days will be held 24-48 hours before being shipped.
Further precautions for oboe reed customers
Packages being delivered may have been touched by many hands during transit. Customers wanting to take further precautions upon receipt of their oboe reeds may wish to take these steps.
Allow packages being delivered to sit for 72 hours before being handled.
Wash hands after opening your packages and before trying oboe or English horn reeds. Be careful not to touch the reeds directly after touching the outside of the shipping box.
Reeds can be sterilized again in a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution.
Avoid sharing reeds.
I am very appreciative for all the support that I have received from my customers over the years. I am grateful that we are able to help one another to play the instrument we love and be happy oboe-ing.