When my husband and I were at our local Lowe’s store buying our Valspar paint, he noticed a small putty knife display right at the paint counter. These were in a bucket, and he felt they were the perfect sized putty knife for repairing sheet rock.
We have done some work in our home, such as replacing built in benches and wall mounted coat racks in our entry way, removing wallpaper and painting walls, as well as other odd jobs. There were several holes left in our walls in the entry way that needed to be fixed.
When we removed our dining room wallpaper, we noticed a few holes in our wall that the paper had covered. A few years ago we remodeled our kitchen and dining room, and when we replaced our patio door with an expensive Anderson model. When I stripped off our wallpaper, there were five large holes across the top of our door, and I am not even sure how they got there (we have lived here for 26 years).
Now that the wallpaper is off, the holes needed to be fixed before we had our contractor spray a spackling compound on the walls. If you have ever used a sheet rock joint compound, you know how messy it is. It’s like working with goopy clay. The putty knives we have are large, and were used for removing old wallpaper, they really were not the correct size for filling holes in sheet rock.
This Warner Chisel Putty Knife is the perfect tool for such a job! It is the smallest putty knife I have ever seen. The blade measures a mere 1 1/4″ in width, and is slightly rigid, making it a good chisel tool as well as a putty knife.
The handle is made of a molded polypropylene that is soft and feels good in the hands, and the blade is pretty firm and stiff. The tip of the blade is also slightly beveled, (again for use as a chisel), and it is made of a high carbon steel, which I assume would resist rusting, but I can’t comment on that. I think you have to own a tool for quite some time before you would notice any rust.
The end of the handle has a loop for hanging, and there is also a metal cap that would allow you to use it as a make shift hammer, but I wouldn’t try pounding anything major with this handy and unique feature.
When I saw the price of $6, I thought this Warner Chisel Putty Knife was over priced, but when you need the right tool for a job, you are glad you have it on hand. If you think you will be using this tool for a variety of jobs, it is well worth the price. The smaller size certainly makes filling holes in sheet rock much easier, and the small blade gives you good control and allows you to pick up a small amount of joint compound with the point of the blade, and spread it around with the flat side of the blade. This is a very cool putty knife! Highly recommended.