We’ve linked to our separate thoughts on paring knives , boning knives , slicing knives , and kitchen shears in the What Do You Really Need? The thin clip, sheepsfoot and spey blades give a nice assortment to choose from for different whittling tasks and the handle is large enough to be comfortable for most carving. The another two smaller blades are remarkably thin and tend to bend a little when you use them so they’ll strictly be used for surface detail removing little more than a layer of wood at a time.
As long as the back of the knife is at a sharp angle to the blade, it will throw sparks from most, if not all ferro rods. In his book, Chad Ward suggests that if you purchase a knife set from a store with a lot of open stock, they might be willing to swap in knives from the same brand. I now use the Wells knife for all of my small carvings in basswood, and I’m using the Flexcut almost exclusively for my found wood” (oak, mesquite, and random other woods I pick up) work. I continue to be amazed that many well known knife makers perform their tempering quickly, when I know it should be carried out over several hours.
Thinner blades sacrifice some strength, but you can make that up in the type of steel the blade is made out of. Handle Materials: Like steel types, there’s an insane variety of materials used for handles. When you see someone working effectively with a knife it is 80% down to technique, 20% to the tool. A chunk of solid or powdered steel alloy is heated to a high temperature, and pounded while hot to form it. The blade is then heated above critical temperature (which varies between alloys), quenched in an appropriate quenchant, and tempered to the desired hardness After forging and heat-treating, the blade is polished and sharpened.
I forgot to mention that I only use my found wood knife on found wood, just in case I run into some grit or hard stuff. When you get to the end of the strop, roll the knife over the back of the blade so that the edge is pointing away from you, and pull the knife back towards you. This way you usually will be assured of wood that is straight-grained and properly dried.
There is no right answer, it’s a question of what works for you and for me as often as not it is just the closest knife I lay my hands on and I have lots of 106’s. Anyway are there any wood carving courses in Plymouth area, there is one in exeter but I would have to get B&B and that is adding to the expense if you see what I mean. Ideal Use: The normal blade is an all-purpose knife great for chopping and slicing, which is why it’s a design you often find on kitchen knives.
Their ideal set, including a knife block, would put you out $335, while their budget set only costs $190. While wood is the cheapest material in most cases, some companies are using micarta in the place of it, with no change in price. The name is derived from its preference by French royalty and the Georgian period of English furniture, and was the preferred wood for thrones and royalty. We know that fixed blade and lock blade knives are safer than folding pocket knives.
Now, there might come a time towards the end of the world where cheap stainless steel spoons are a thing of the past, but I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, if ever. I loved the feel of working with the wood and I had many hours of free enjoyment outside on the beach. If a knife has good edge retention then this means it is sharp and is ready to be used for carving. It’s important to look at your local laws when carrying a knife with a blade larger than 4 inches.