Buying a Card Scraper

Paul recommends a Veritas scraper as the steel takes a good edge, hardness is just right and not too brittle and they flex well. They come in a set of 4 rectangular scrapers (listed as Veritas Super-Hard Milled Scrapers) which contains scrapers of different thicknesses and sizes so will suit a wider range of options for different task possibilities. This also means that when one card scraper gets too hot, you can pick up another and continue instead of waiting for it to cool down. Scrapers are available with a scraper holder, but Paul feels this is an unnecessary step that interrupts the process and makes it take longer. The set should cost no more than £20 new.

🇬🇧/🇺🇸 We purchased these Veritas Super-Hard Milled Scrapers (x4) from Axminster for £15.65 (inc VAT £18.78) with £3.95 delivery* in January 2018 which are also available to order from the US.

buying a card scraper

*Price checked 17/9/21

Relevant Guides

Further Reading

To read more on the scraper, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

Using the Card Scraper- A Good Heel Beats Two Thumbs

Why 45 Degrees On Cabinet Scraper Blades?

Fine Woodworking- Myths and Mysteries Busted


  1. James Baum on 23 July 2019 at 11:18 am

    Scrapers are useless without a hone, which one is recommended?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 25 July 2019 at 10:18 am

      Hi James,

      Paul says:
      Any burnisher will work, none work better than others unless you make your own as I have which is the very, very best 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  2. James Baum on 23 July 2019 at 7:18 pm

    *burnisher, doh!

  3. Matthew Mills on 11 December 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Hi. Can you recommend a good set of curved scrapers also? Thanks.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 12 December 2019 at 8:24 am

      Hi Matthew,

      We have a guide on how to make your own here.

      I hope this helps!

      Kind Regards,

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