A leather skiving knife is a specialty knife used to shave off thin layers of leather material. They are usually shaped with a handle and have a rectangular blade that is sharpened on the short end. This is used for pushing into the leather to shave it away.
The blades are generally available as flat ends, or angled, each with options that include beveled blades for increased control over the thickness of the skiver material. These angle-bladed skiing knives are generally referred to as “lap” skiving knives.
Since these skiving knives are manually operated, they require the development of skills to use effectively. Once experienced with their use, skiing knives can quickly remove leather on belts and straps and other work. They also are agile enough to use on smaller pieces and even help with detailed skiving in tight places.