Tapping knives: In India, three types of tapping knives are used. The ‘Michie Golledge’ knife is the most widely used. The second one is the ‘Jabong’ knife, commonly used in Malaysia which is more suitable for speedy and easier tapping, but with a slightly higher bark consumption. It is now gaining popularity. A third type called ‘Modified Gouge’ knife is used mainly for controlled upward tapping (CUT).
Oil can: Regular lubrication plays a major part in the trouble-free operation of rubber rollers. An oil can is a must as oil can be applied to the right point with minimum wastage.