Scraping is the last and most tedious step in the reedmaking process. This involves taking the blank you just made and scraping both of the blades down to create vibrations when played on. This requires a set of good knives (around $80 a piece.) One is reserved for scraping the bark off of the back of the reed, and most likely, your nicer, sharper knife is used only for scraping the tip. Below is a diagram as to how the two blades should be scraped.

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