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Woodworking Carving PlanFind hundreds of detailed Woodworking carving to help with your furniture projects. Preferred edge wood carving knives tools – fort, Wood carving knives used by artists around the world and many native carvers. Carving knives – carving knives collection, Carving knives are more than just an heirloom. Choosing the best spoon carving knife is not easy but it is important, here we compare side by side most of the hook knives on the market.. Choosing the best spoon carving knife is not easy but it is important, here we compare side by side most of the hook knives on the market…. Wood carving – wikipedia, free encyclopedia, Wood carving is a form of working wood by means of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet.
Folding knives – bushcraft store, Some great folding knives from some great manufacturers from gerber buck crkt s w wrights opinel wenger and many. What knife wood carving whittling …, If knife wood carving whittling easier. Folding knives – bushcraft store, Some great folding knives great manufacturers gerber buck crkt wrights opinel wenger . I have posted before about the best axe and straight knife for carving and the third tool that is needed is the spoon knife or hook knife. It needs to be sharp and hold a good edge, all the knives I mention below will do that and all except the Frost come ready to use. Svante Djarve, these were the first decent hooks that became available in the UK around 20 years ago, they have a distinctive ridged texture to the handles. Ben Orford, when Ben made his first knives they were straight copies of Svante Djarves small hooks which are always popular with  folk who have not yet put in the time to learn to use a larger hook properly.
Del Stubbs of Pinewood Forge makes excellent knives, his straight sloyd knives are the best I have used, the hook knives are very good and I would always recommend them to anyone in the US though Del currently has a long waiting list. For the sake of completeness I would like to add three other good makers, I don’t have these knives but I have used them. Thanks Ziggy and JarrodHi Rico I will have knives available but when and how many I can not say. I have not used pfiel spoonknives but if the mora work better I shall not be rushing out to try them.
Opinions vary enormously as to which is the best spoon carving knife, if you search the web you will find lots of folk vehemently arguing that this or that knife is the best, most folk however only own one or two knives so don’t have much to compare to and most folk only want to buy one so how to choose?


The curvature of the blade is important, tight curves and short blades are easy  for beginners to use but leave a bit of a ploughed field effect which most resort to sandpaper to remove.
He also produces a more open thin knife which will smooth out the rough cuts of the small hook, I find these flex in use and chatter if used for heavier cuts. I have used many of his tools and he is the only smith where I can say every one has worked really well. I have worked with various smiths and companies getting prototypes made in the UK and never been happy.
I have recently gotten in spoon carving, and find the Frost knives to be less than pleasant to use, a real workout, with not a lot of reward. If you need a knife in the near future buy one elsewhere I can't promise when I will have stock available. Do your TRADITIONAL spoon or bent knives have this double bevel for working in both directions or do you solely use lefts and rights,,, The curves of your style of knives are beautiful and very much like the knives I use though I think your handles are much shorter and your blades apear to be nicely thicker,,, Is the reason for the short handle a preference or tradition? I forged it from a car spring after watching Caesars bark canoe and the great work of the mocataugan.
I forged my first hook knives for my own use 20 years ago and until recently I bought an example of every hook knife that came onto the market.
A more open curve allows a clean cut surface to be created quickly but takes more time to learn to use. The small hook is very very easy for beginners to use but it’s tight curvature means it leaves a series of grooves across the work. This is his hook, when I first saw it I though it had drawbacks, the curvature is fairly even without the wide flat section I like and it is quite narrow front to back which sometimes results in flex.
I left it long and thought I would try it out for a while before cutting the handle off to length, I developed a style of working with it two handed for cleaning inside bowls, it is not a traditional tool that you will find in any of the old bowlturners photos but it works for me. When I run courses it is really helpful for folk to be able to use all the different knives available and to find what works best for them.
My personal taste is for a gradually tightening curve on the knife this means I have whatever curve I want somewhere on the blade and can do everything with one knife. The best of the bunch is the 164 which is currently around ?17 online, when new they have a rather heavy secondary bevel and are not always sharp out of the box. For some reason in use none of this matters, it is a wonderful knife in fact this is the knife I recommend above all the others that are easily available at the moment.
It changed everything I thought I knew about how these knives worked, the very broad blade should have chattered through the cut but being very rounded off at the back it flowed smoothly through, the high polish and incredibly fine 17 degree edge angle go through wood like it’s not there.


They are made from flat bar rather than round, I rate them as virtually as good as the Helgesson hook.
If you know what you are doing and round the back off with coarse emery paper then sharpen it well the 164 makes a reasonable tool.
Many people bought this hook, use nothing else and are very happy with it, if you are serious about spooncarving though you would do well to learn to use a larger hook. I was lucky to buy a few batches of these and still use them for my courses though Bo is not always easy to buy from. The blade has to run through a curve and if it is wide front to back the back edge catches on the inside of the curve and makes the edge dig in, this results in chatter rather than a smooth cut.
I toured the Frosts factory with Wille Sundqvist in 2003 and we talked with the owners asking why they did not make better hooks, these hooks have been unchanged for over 20 years and really should be better. Svante Djarve large hook (pictured below), this is a very good tool amongst the top three or four hooks available and the fact it is easily available mail order is good too.
I am not sure how long the first batch will take to come through so in the meantime there is plenty of choice in the links above. I have a set made by Greg Blomberg of Kestrel tools, they are good at what they are designed for. There are two ways round this either you make a very thin narrow blade which works but flexes, or better have a broad blade but grind off the back corner and smooth it so that you have a lovely polished rounded surface running over the inside of the spoon bowl. At the time of writing these are retailing at ?42.50 which makes them a few ? more than others.
There are probably only two folk who have used more spoon knives for longer than me, Del Stubbs and Jogge Sundqvist and both rate the Helgesson as the benchmark knife. I tend to put 8″ handles on my spooncarving knives I think most makers handles are too short which restricts the number of grips you can use effectively. Finally the handle, this is largely personal preference, some like small handles, others larger. Most makers give us short handles and this restricts the number and range of cuts that are possible.



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