Yesterday I practiced W&T grafting on my apple and pear cuttings in preparation for the real thing in a few weeks (my first attempt bench grafting). After using a Stanley box cutter, I can see how one would choose a good grafting knife. I found that my cuts often were concave and sometimes slightly spiraled (although I do not know if I can pin the latter problem on the blade). If I were doing more grafts that I am, I would certainly purchase a grafting knife.
I was surprised how quickly a stick can go from high resistance to practically no resistance when cutting the tongue- even when I was gently “rocking” the blade. Fortunately I did not draw blood.
I also came to the realization that toilet ring wax does not easily melt. I thought I would be dipping my scions in wax, but it looks like I will be smearing them with wax.
It was a good experience and I’ll probably practice again next week. I think my woodworking is good enough for an apple graft, but I need more work before attempting grafting an apricot.