10 Best Scribing Tools


Scribing tools are utilised in machining, wood working as well as anything that requires cutting with precision. These unit have tips made of hardened and tempered steel and work by scratching in the workpiece. The more precisely you can scribe, the better you can assure the product’s accuracy and efficiency.

This article walks through the scribing tools you can utilise in daily life for marking built-in elements, joints, door casings, etc. 

Uxcell Scribing Tool ($4.99)

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This is an 11 cm long spring-types scribing tool for clockmakers. The unit can open up a maximum of 43mm and makes a circle of radius 4.5cm. These field divider callipers are used in the process of marking out suitable workpieces in metal works. The points are sharpened so that they act as scribes; one leg can then be placed in the dimple created by a centre or prick punch and the other leg pivoted so that it scribes a line on the workpiece surface, thus forming an arc or circle.

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Dictum Scribing Tool ($18.50)

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This is Dictum’s parallel marker scribing tool ideal for joints, base-trims, casings, etc. It has an opening range of 4mm – 75mm and a removable point for marking circles. Guide it along the reference surface, and the adjustable pencil draws the marking line. Can also be used as a circular marker. Material: Plastic.

“I’m a cabinet installer. This item is perfect for scribing countertops and other materials. Recommend.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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Veritas Scribing Tool ($149.99)

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This is Veritas easy to use, affordable log scribe. It comes in a yellow case with foam padding, a pencil and instructions on how to use it. As long as you keep the bubbles in between the lines, you will have a perfect fit.

“I have owned and used this tool for years, and although it has never been used on a log, it has performed flawlessly on critical details which would never have been attempted or even possible with a typical scribe – a real time saver for regular scribing tasks I have done as well. The tool is big, and with a myriad of adjustments does require carefully set up, but once familiar with it becomes simple. I should add that the curved end point is long enough to offset any project I have encountered and is just one reason I would buy this again if it were lost or stolen. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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General Tools Scribing Tool ($7.04)

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This is General Tool’s two-point scriber which consists of small straight and short 90 degrees bent removable steel points which thread into knurled body. It has an aluminium frame with three interchangeable threaded steel points; little straight, short bent and long bent. The overall length of the unit is 8-7/8 inches and provides multi-faceted scribing solutions for machinists, mechanics and sheet metal workers.

“Nothing fancy but a good all-purpose scribe. Do yourself a favour and use some permanent thread locker when assembling it.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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Moody Tools Scribing Tool ($5.64)

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This is a reversible scriber with a clip. The unit features interchangeable aluminium handles. Well-built and they give you a long enough carbide tip to allow you to resharpen it if you need to. The unit marks well non-hardened materials, but will only lightly mark the hard ones. The aluminium pen part is coated with a clear anodization so it does not scratch as easily as you think aluminium would.

“The chuck holds the point securely; the point scribes steel efficiently. I have another that has a magnet, which is a major p.i.t.a. When you set it down and every chip on the bench ends up hanging onto the end, or it grabs a drill bit and magnetises it forever. I like this one that is just an aluminium stick with a pocket clip and a pointy carbide end.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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General Tools & Instruments Scribing Tool ($5.16)

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This is General Tools and Instrument’s pencil compass and scribe. Easy to use and is designed for marking contours and circles. Offers positive wingnut adjustment. It is constructed of brass plated steel and has a full-length hardened steel pin in metal frame for greater rigidity.

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Starrett Scribing Tool ($10.65)

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This is Starett’s pocket scriber with a hardened steel point. The handle is also made of steel; is knurled and nickel plated. The hexagon head prevents rolling. Knurled chuck holds scriber firmly. The scriber point is finely tapered, so the location of the point is not obscured. The point can be reversed, telescoped into the handle and locked by the chuck, when not in use.

Technical Specifications By The Manufacturer:

  1. 2-3/8″ Point Length
  2. 1/4″ Handle Diameter

“First of all, to those saying it does not come with a tip, you have to unscrew the end, pull the tip out, and turn it around. The tip stores reversed in the scribe so you can keep it in your pocket without gouging out part of your leg accidentally, and they also shipped it like this for safety. As for not coming with directions, this is a scriber. It has a hard, sharp point for marking measurements or points or whatever on hard surfaces like metal and wood.

This is exactly what I needed. The point is not carbide as others noted, but the description never said it was carbide. Starrett does sell a carbide-tip version (70AX), but it is appropriately priced at about 3x the price. I have another scribe with a tiny carbide tip, but this Starrett with a steel tip blows out of the water. My only qualm is that I can see how this could loosen up around the tip, as one reviewer indicated that it had, but if that is an issue in the future, I will adjust my review accordingly. Everything about this screams quality, and I am jubilant with my purchase.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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Trend Scribing Tool ($28.47)

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This is Trend’s handheld scribing tool for architrave, skirting, scribing doors, scribing worktops, setting hinge recess depth, etc. The articulated arm allows the required offset to be set precisely from 3/64 inch (1mm) to 1-9/16 inch (40mm) giving full flexibility. The thumb wheel offers fine adjustment, and this scribe can also be used as a marking gauge. Knurled foregrip sliding steel guide plate allows up to 1-15/16 inch (50mm) projection. The thin guide plate (0. 5mm) allows for access into narrow gaps ensuring full versatility, and the flat base ensures object surface remains in contact providing a consistent scribe.

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Fastcap Scribing Tool ($15.99)

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This is Fastcap’s scribing tool with adjustable grip for regular pencils. This unit easily maintains consistent scribe offset, keeping parallel to surface every time. It is constructed of a polymer and measures 5-3/4 inches. Ideal for scribing cabinet trim, architectural mouldings, countertops, etc. The unit’s articulating pencil head increases flexibility for scribing over a wide variety of materials and textures. A removable compass point makes it easy to scribe circles and circular patterns. Made durable, heavy-duty and indestructible. 

“Why didn’t someone think of this sooner, it gave a perfect duplicate scribe of the wall I was installing a counter top against. Now all my workers want one.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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General Tools Scribing Tool ($5.77)

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This is General Tool’s tungsten carbide scribe and a magnet that marks hard materials including hardened steel, stainless steel, ceramics and glass. The alloy magnet picks up small parts and retrieves steel chips from hard-to-reach places. The scriber point can reverse for safety. Overall length is 6″.

“This scribe is comfortable to hold with the knurled grip. The scribe point itself is mounted in a 1/8 inch aluminium rod and is held in place with a collet. A quick turn of the collet will release the scribe to be changed. Or, the handle could be used as a 1/8 inch pin vise if needed. The other end has a very powerful magnet that is good for picking up small parts or for small metal chips. I highly recommend this tool.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.

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  1. Bob Reply

    Doesn’t look like the link worked well… just put ‘hermaphrodite calipers’ in Google Image to view some.

  2. Curt Reply

    Looking for a scriber handle (not the point). Volume purchase. Not worried about cobalt.

  3. Jay Jorgenson Reply

    I didn’t realize that there were so many different kinds of scribes. To be honest I wasn’t sure what a scribe was before I read this article. I thought it was really interesting how scribes are used to make perfect cuts. I didn’t know the reason there are so many kinds is because there are so many different uses.

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