palette knife


: a knife with usually a flexible steel blade and no cutting edge used to mix colors or to apply colors (as to a painting)

Examples of palette knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peter does off someone with what appears to be a palette knife, maybe? Vulture, 12 Jan. 2024 Use a scraper, palette knife, or trowel to apply Polished Plaster and spread it around in all directions. Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Oct. 2023 Remove the cake from the fridge and, using a small offset palette knife, scoop up the set ganache from the edges of the plate and spread over the sides to create a smooth finish. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 Use a small offset spatula or palette knife to smooth icing in each square. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 Use a palette knife or small offset spatula, smear pink and white frosting on cake to resemble flower petals. Torie Cox, Country Living, 27 Feb. 2023 A lot of times people will think of the palette knife or the mixing knife but painting knives come in a really wide variety of shapes and flexibilities. Myrna Petlicki,, 5 Apr. 2022 The horror of Holocaust is a subject that has always exercised an irresistible force on his paintbrush and palette knife. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 In the mid-1860s, Cézanne was developing a new coarse painting technique, often using a palette knife to apply color. Oscar Holland, CNN, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palette knife was in 1760

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“Palette knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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