Palette Knives

A "palette knife" is a blunt tool used for mixing or applying paint, usually with a flexible blade. A "painting knife" is a tool used to apply paint to the canvas; however, the two terms are often interchanged.


The "palette" in the name is a reference to an artist's palette, which is used for mixing paints. They are primarily used for mixing colors, mediums, additives, paste, pigments, and so forth directly on the palette before applying them to a surface.

Palette knives are symmetric, like a kitchen spatula, but often with a slight crank between the handle and the blade.

Look for either a flexible tip or stainless steel (which lasts longer).

Preferred Brand:

  • Connoisseur Art Supplies
Connoisseur Palette Knife

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