This scraper features a carbide blade for that will be usable for a long time without going dull. The same scraper can be used for both scraping substrates and cleaning paint off windows. It has a soft handle, which I really appreciate, for operator comfort. At the same time, they've put a knob over the business end of the tool for two-handed scraping in tough situations. Warner is a paint-tool specialist, and it really shows in the design and craftsmanship of their tools.
This scraper is almost a twin of the Warner 10020 scraper. So what's the difference? Warner is a better known company with a solid reputation among professional painters. However, this is an excellent tool with all the same features for the Warner unit. I would have no qualms buying Allway's scraper if I didn't have a Warner available.
Hyde Tools is another paint-related tool specialist. I've picked their multi-bladed scraper as my number three choice, even though most people don’t have much use for a contour scraper. However, if you ever work on turned wood railings, furniture, moldings, or Victorian homes, you’ll definitely need one. These are a little hard to find, but definitely worth looking for. I think Hyde produces the best contour scraper around with a good collection of high quality stainless steel blades.
Although this tool doesn’t have a carbide or even a stainless steel blade, it’s still an excellent tool. The blade actually has four edges, so that when one goes dull, it can be traded out for another. There are a lot of scrapers on the market with this same basic idea, but Allway has added a few nice features to this one. First of all, remember what I was saying about people using their scraper for a hammer? Well, Allway knows about that too and put a metal hammer pad at the bottom end of the handle. That way, you can hammer to your heart’s content without dinging up your handle. Unscrew the hammer pad, and you've got a threaded socket for attaching your scraper to an extension handle, which is a great option when you've got to scrape something that’s just a little bit out of your reach.
This scraper is not for the weak at heart or the weak of arm. The 5-inch wide blade will take off loose, peeling paint faster than anything else on the market. But I’ve got to warn you, it will take away your strength just about as fast. The only thing I could say against this unit is the blade isn't carbide or reversible, so when a blade goes dull, you've got to replace it. On the other hand, you’ll be working so fast that you’ll probably have the whole neighborhood scraped clean by the time it goes dull.