Your wood carving tools, are as personal and individual as your wood carving technique. I have forged a range of tools ranging from the bigger items such as axes, froes, adzes and socketed gouges however they are currently not in production as I am concentrating on keeping this site stocked with smaller greenwood carving tools such as spoon carving blades, sloyd knives and blades suitable for detail and decorative work such as chip carving.
Many whittling knives and carving tools are treated to a hardness of between 52-56 on the Rockwell C scale. When your tools are new and very sharp, you can make something similar yourself using your carving tools and a fine grained wood block. If you’re planning on teaching a young child how to wood carve, you might want to opt for something a little safer until they’re old enough to handle sharp objects on their own. See, I have one of those interchangeable carving knifes, and I’m not sure what the benefits are.
Carving tool design had not changed much since the industrial revolution, although the people practising woodcarving did. The KN11 Skew Knife is used for taking more vertical cuts where room is limited for a conventional whittling stroke. If you want to store wood and keep it green if you paint the endgrain with PVA glue that will keep in the moisture for longer. They make two nice birch handled woodcarving (or sloyd”) knives the models 106 and 120. If you are interested in participating, please contact us via phone at 765-675-8811, via e-mail at zen@, or via mail at Helvie Knives PO Box 145 Tipton, IN 46072.
However, it has to be said that that double-bevelled carving blade is absolutely useless for chopping onions! It is in fact that many things that go into making a good knife but just in a slightly mix in the second knife , probably it couldn’t be quantified by objective science & measurement BUT you can really feel the difference. Many books and videos will tell you exactly what tools they used to carver a particular project.
This smaller version of the famous Arbortech Pro blade is much appreciated by professional carvers for its ability to reach into areas where the standard Arbortech will not work. What I am trying to say is you need very few tools to start with to do some really good and varied work, get to know them well and in the light of experience you can buy additional chisels.
A new addition to the Flexcut range, the Pocket Jack really is an excellent companion for carving on the move. While it might sound like a straightforward discipline, there are actually different types of wood carving techniques. It seems that street crime today is likely to outlaw the pocket knife but this peaceful recreation can still be followed using these fine knives. You should always hold the carving knife in the dominant hand and keep the wooden piece on the left. The comfortable curved ergonomic handle allows for long periods of carving without hand fatigue.
I have several thousands of pounds worth of knives and yes the £16 mora is as good as anything else I have used. This is because chip carving is merely simple etching of patterns on a piece of woodwork. It’s hard not to have this mentality, since we are considered carving a spoon which you can buy at the dollar store. I’ve been whittling for 30 plus years & have used a number of brands as well as making my own knives. If you are lucky to own your own woodland, or visit one frequently, the temptation to turn odd pieces of wood into useful or decorative objects is huge.
It should be quite narrow from top to bottom in order to allow cuts in concave areas, anything over 15mm gets in the way, this is where most general purpose knives fail to make good carvers. The comfortable carved handle allows for long periods of carving without fatigue. Also known as a ‘spoon plane’, carver’s spoons are a very useful tools for hollowing out your work. Chisels: Chisels are sharp tools used with mallets for wood chipping techniques. The Mora Woodcarving Knife is the preferred tool of many wood carvers, because of its quality, efficiency and ease of use.
It was lovely to see your finished spoons but would have liked to see them half way through carving to help with the directions. Put on your Stetson, think of a tune to whistle, find yourself a comfortable chair in the sunshine and while away the hours with this perfect pair of knives for the whittling enthusiast. The Flexcut Detail Jack can handle a variety of carving projects from start to finish.
Each blade is honed, razor sharp, polished and ready to go, to allow hours of carving without fatigue. Carbon steel is stronger than stainless, and is often used for survival knives and machetes, but it corrodes more easily. Each carving knife is constructed with a solid ash handle and a high carbon steel blade. The Flexcut beginner palm and knife set is a great way to get started in this rewarding craft.
I hate to say it but you get what you pay for.” This knife was just too cheap… Ooops, I mean inexpensive. Industrial mechanised production allows them to make good quality knives at incredibly competitive prices. Mora knives have a reputation worldwide for their excellence and Sean Hellman highly recommends them for green woodwork and bushcraft, especially having used them for over 20 years.
Explore the relaxing world of wood carving through connections to different carving organizations or publications. Additional tools can be supplemented to the 10 pocket tool roll to create your own custom set. The Flexcut upsweep knife is designed for incising and carving detailed designs. It’s supplied with two interchangeable carving blades together with an ABS handle so that as you gain experience, additions could easily be made from the extensive range of Flexcut SK blades.
You also have the pleasure of supporting a craftsman rather than buying a largely machine made knife. If you can stiffen your bench, your cutting strokes will be more effective and you won’t have to worry about tools and other stuff on your bench jumping around and falling off. I would start with palm-sized tools first but maybe the best way to decide is let the project you are working on decide for you.