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Using the Straight Shaper

When shaping cane on a straight shaper, always use a razor blade or other sharp thin blade. Most reed making knives are too thick to allow you to accurately follow the curves of the straight shaper.

First loosen the screws to open the shaper. After inserting the cane, tighten the screws again to hold the cane securely in place.


The large resting surface on either side of the cane on the straight shapers allow for a truly symmetrical shape to be made, as well as accurate reproduction from piece to piece. This is particularly important in the blade area of the reed, where foldover style shapers do not offer enough surface to reliably guide the blade accurately.

Positioning the Cane

Here are a few critical parameters and helpful features to be on the lookout for when positioning the cane in the straight shaper.

Note: Make sure the gouge is centered on the shaper. It is helpful to mark the center of the gouge on the short sides of the cane before inserting it into the shaper. Making two marks equidistant from this center line will also aid in centering the cane on the straight shaper in relation to the gouge.


If the cane is profiled after shaping, this center line can also be used to help mark the center of the shaped cane. This marking will then help in positioning the shaped cane on the profiler to help ensure a truly symmetrical reed.

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Safety Instructions

Please always be careful while using your straight shaper. The blades used to shape cane are very sharp and may cause injuries and other damage.
In order to avoid negative consequences, you should follow the safety instructions during installation, usage and maintenance of your straight shapers:
The straight shaper is not a toy. The device is therefore not to be used by children and persons with limited physical, sensory or mental abilities.