THE STUDIO KNIVES

Finally, painting knives you won’t want to take your hands off.

Sustainably crafted and thoughtfully designed to spark joy, express your artistic intention, and support a lifetime of painting. We believe a tool should make you want to pick it up. And we believe the correct tool should be within every artist’s reach. These are designed with that in mind.

THE STUDIO KNIVES

Finally, painting knives you won’t want to take your hands off.

Gamblin Studio Knives, painting palette knives for oil

Sustainably crafted and thoughtfully designed to spark joy, express your artistic intention, and support a lifetime of painting. We believe a tool should make you want to pick it up. And we believe the correct tool should be within every artist’s reach. These are designed with that in mind.

Time for joy 

When we paint, we work with our heads, hearts, and hands. Everything comes together and comes out through our brushes and knives. Our work matters. Our process matters. And our tools matter. We believe every artist deserves to have the right tool for the job.

The lineup

In the 40+ years since our founding, our humble colorhouse has moved five times. Along the way, it has grown to take on new colors and create materials that are safer and more permanent. Every building has a special place in our hearts and to this day, they still have paint-splattered floors.

As a tribute to the journey of our colorhouse, each Studio Knife is named after a street in Portland that Gamblin called home. Well, almost every knife. “The Robert” is a nod to our Founder, Robert Gamblin. This specialty slim blade earned a place in his studio and holds the title of his favorite painting knife. Together, this collection of Studio Knives offers what most painters need.

Gamblin Palette Knife for painting

THE ROBERT

Fierce, sleek, and empowering to hold, this appropriately named knife is Robert Gamblin’s favorite. The Japanese-inspired blade boasts the longest edge of all our knives. While long, the relatively narrow face means this knife has more bounce than the rest of our Studio Knife family.

If you mix and tube your own paint, you know how hard it can be to feed a 37ml tube. Trust us, The Robert will make that job much easier.

Definitely not TSA approved for carry-on luggage.

Shape: Diamond, spear

Blade dimensions: 3.125″ long x 0.625″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 9.625″

Color dip: Cadmium Red Light, Pantone Warm Red

MSRP: $15

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Gamblin Studio Knife Transparent Earth Yellow Dip tool for artists

THE HOYT

The Hoyt’s angled head offers more mark-making possibilities than the typical symmetrical blade. While it may look a bit impractical, once you try The Hoyt, you’ll understand its usefulness and versatility.

There’s a reason The Hoyt is our pick for laying down color mixtures on Instagram: the 45-degree edge lets you pull paint evenly while keeping your fingers far from the paint.

Shape: Angled, Gumby

Blade dimensions: 2.75″ long x 0.875″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 9.25″

Color dip: Transparent Earth Yellow

MSRP: $15

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Gamblin Studio Knife Naples Orange Dip tool for artists

THE DIVISION PLACE

If you’re new to painting or you can only have one knife, The Division Place is the knife for you. We didn’t re-design this blade shape and size: it has served artists for centuries and earned a place in the tool kit. An excellent all-purpose choice and a must-have for every studio.

Shape: Teardrop, leaf

Surface dimensions: 2.5″ long x 0.75″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 9.125″

Color dip: Naples Orange

MSRP: $15

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Gamblin Studio Knife Olive Green Dip tool for artists

THE LADD

Petite and nimble yet oh-so mighty. The small face means the flex is firm and easy to control. For artists that work small or rely on a knife for detail, this little Ladd is built for the job.

Shape: Teardrop, leaf

Blade dimensions: 1.5″ long x 0.5″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 8″

Color dip: Olive Green

MSRP: $14

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Gamblin Studio Knife Blue Dip tool for artists

THE TAYLOR

The Taylor is not messing around. Designed to mix heaps of color or premix batches of paint effortlessly, think of The Taylor as a time-saving studio assistant.

Oil painter Michael Chesley Johnson loves The Taylor because it “is good for blocking in large areas and down-stroking sky, water, and other areas that should be somewhat smooth.” 

Shape: Diamond

Blade dimensions: 3.5″ long x 0.875″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 10.125″

Color dip: Gamblin blue, Pantone 7698

MSRP: $15

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Gamblin Studio Knife Portland Warm Grey Dip tool for artists

THE RAYMOND

Diamonds are an artist’s best friend for a reason. This popular shape can cut crisp edges and cleanly move paint around a palette. We think the size of The Raymond is ideal; large enough to mix a good amount of paint but not too long that you lose stiffness.

The peak of The Raymond comes to a nice soft point too; not too pointy and not too round. The Raymond is just right.

Shape: Diamond

Blade dimensions: 2.375″ x 0.9375″ wide

Overall height (including handle): 9″

Color dip: Portland Warm Grey

MSRP: $14

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The blade

FlexSteel

One-piece, non-reflective carbon steel means no more blades that break-off or coatings that flake off.

What you’ll love

  • Even tension and flexibility for oils, acrylic, and gouache
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Matte-satin glare-free finish
  • 1.5mm thick steel gradually tapers to achieve crisp edges and desired flexibility
  • Magnetic
  • Wipes clean with Gamsol, soap and water, or safflower oil

BLADE SHAPES

If any of these blades look familiar, it’s because these shapes have withstood the test of time and proven their curves and angles.  This six-knife lineup consists of four artist-preferred shapes plus two specialty blades: The Robert and They Hoyt. Together these knives will support color-mixing big and small and mark-making intricate and bold.

Gamblin Studio Knife manufacturing flex steel plate
Gamblin Studio Knife manufacturing blade shape

The body

ERGONOMIC HANDLE DESIGN

A kitchen knife grip enables the hand to comfortably, efficiently, and safely cut food.  A screwdriver’s cylindrical handle makes continued twisting easy. A fishing pole won’t slip when a fish is on the line and a nice pen allows you to write as fast as your thoughts.  It’s time for artists to have a painting knife that mimics the cavity in the palm of your hand and supports the job of the tool: to mix color and make marks.

The standard for palette knives have remained largely unchanged and unchallenged, so when we decided to design a set of painting tools we did so with a purpose: To create a painting tool that stands out from its predecessors, genuinely improves function, and avoids reinventing the wheel. This meant a lightweight handle that conforms to the hand, a bending blade that doesnt chip or produce glare, and consciously sourced materials that live up to our mission.

The Studio Knife collection reflects our commitment to push painting to new levels, and we’re proud to bring these longawaited improvements to the artists toolkit.

FEEL GOOD BIRCH

As part of our Brand Promise, we are committed to being kind to the planet. To us, plastic was not an option. Bottom line, they feel good in the hand and they feel even better knowing they’re sustainable and well-made.  

What makes these handles awesome?

  • Hand-crafted from FSC Certified (AKA sustainably forested) wood
  • Whether you’re righthanded or left, the ergonomic shape fits the palm of your hand
  • Wide, flat base gives you the option to stand your knives up, a studio space-saver
  • Shaved backside reduces wobble and helps your knife stay put when laid down
  • Designed for adult hands so they’re visibly heftier than the mass-produced painting knives yet every bit as lightweight
Gamblin Studio Knives handle
Gamblin Studio Knives handle shape
Gamblin Studio Knife white-dipped handles

HAND-DIPPED HANDLES

As a colorhouse with an eye for color, we find it easiest to identify an object based on the color and thought you might too! With one color dip from each hue family, they’re easy to differentiate.

These colors aren’t just pretty, the paint is REACH certified and compliant with the CPSIA regulated by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission.

What we love most

  • Glossy finish is  easier to clean than the typical unfinished wood handle
  • Bright, white base is a blank canvas that builds character with time
  • Durable, solvent-resistant coating protects the handle so your knives will be display-worthy for years
Gamblin Studio Knife in hand

How to care for your Studio Knives

STORAGE

The flat bottom design was no accident. These knives want to be displayed! We encourage you to stand them up or hang them from a magnetic strip.

Please note: while plein air painters will enjoy these knives, they weren’t designed to be compact for travel or TSA compliance.

To get the most out of your Studio Knives, avoid the following:

  • Dropping your knife
  • Bending the blade. A bend will permanently stretch the steel
  • Letting paint dry on the blade
  • Soaking the handle in water, solvent, or any liquid

CLEANING

If you want to keep your Studio Knife handles looking brand new, the glossy coating is easy to wipe clean before the paint dries. You may notice that the satin matte finish of the blade holds a little bit of pigment. We like how this light stain doesn’t transfer to other color mixes and makes the knife look more loved and used. If you don’t like this patina, clean your blades (and handle) with a towel and Gamsol, soap and water, a cleaning wipe, or Safflower Oil.

 

Gamblin palette knives, studio knives on colorful towel

What artists are saying

Balanced tension and spring. Flexible enough to mix paint but strong enough to hold their own against the canvas. Easy to apply an additional layer of paint above a wet layer of paint without disrupting the below layer.

Abbey Holden

Oil Painter

A knife is a good alternative to the brush and, in many ways, it’s a more versatile tool. You can draw the finest of lines with it, or you can trowel on a big load of paint… The Gamblin Studio Knives are well-balanced and easy to manipulate.

Michael Chesley Johnson

Oil Painter

The one thing that really makes Gamblin palette knives stand out is the longer handle. I use a long-handled brush in my work and the long-handled palette knives felt like more of an extension of the flowing brush movement. So with the thin blade, it felt so much lighter to create the movement I wanted in my artwork.

Erika Lee Sears

Oil Painter

The very thing that I love about them in the studio, is also the thing that will likely keep me from taking them in the field. That is the handle. It’s too big for my brush roll for plein air, but I love being able to set them on their little bottoms in the studio instead of laying them down and getting them all messy. I also love the material the blade is made of and its flexibility.

Lori Putnam

Oil Painter

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