Whittling knives are available in most tool stores and are sold in sets as well as single pieces. While the handle of this knife is made of real rosewood, its blade is made of polished carbon steel. Finest book for beginners discusses in direct language and no technical jargon what tools to use, how to use them, and what woods are suitable for carving. Chronicling the stages in creating a realistic human face from wood and packed with detailed images of finished carvings, this reference offers a wealth of technical how-to information for woodworkers and artists. Whittling is a fun past time for those just starting to carve, and those who have been carving for years. This pattern book provides over 100 woodcarving patterns and accompanying illustrations for 72 birds, animals, and fish. Woodworkers Market Place is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. Photos by user 'listentoreason', with default photo number, size, and sorting options (can change).
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Here it is on a classic ball-in-cage carving I made, with the beginning of a wooden chain behind it. Keep in mind that I usually take months to whittle a project, as it is not something I do with purpose, but something I do to relax and unwind, so a project like this will use many knives, as I like to carry different knives at different times.

A stockman also makes a good whittler, and if you get the very common spey blade very sharp all the way through the radius of the tip, it comes in handy for scooping out wood. Most of all be really careful, since when whittling you are nearly always cutting towards yourself, and a slip of the knife can lead to a nasty cut. I've only whittled sticks to a point, but I would like to take my whittling adventures a little further.
I often get knives of the right general size, and modify the blades to work for me and my students in whittling, which I think is the best way to get people started in carving. I too find the spey to be almost totally useless for my kind of work, so I make a small pointy blade out of it. Here's a little guy I whittled at a concert in the park this summer, using the old (1920s) Remington 4" stockman that I rescued and made into a great whittler.
Also, a fine edge is a really good thing and frequent stropping or steeling to keep it straight and fine are a good thing in my observation and as said repeatedly here.
For myself, I like something with a combination of a straight edge (coping, wharncliffe) and something with a point and belly.
Personally like my Mora for roughing out and a wharncliffe for whittling, and coping for detail.
The knives used for whittling differ in shape, size, and purpose, and thus must be chosen carefully.
While, wood carving requires the use of different types of equipment such as chisels, mallet, and gouges; only knives are used in whittling. Since the blade can be used for whittling as well as for trimming and shearing different materials, it is a good option for those who wish to practice on softer wood or a bar of soap.
These blades come with slim wooden handles which provide better balance for carving and whittling. The knives in the set have different edges which provide varying levels of precision and maneuverability. Author Keith Randich takes you cut-by-cut through the process of transforming a small block of wood into an expressive little person.

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Chips, would you mind commenting on the durability and usability on the steel used on that knife? If you wish to take up whittling as a hobby, you will need to know which knives are suitable for beginners. The right whittling knife is the one which fits perfectly in the palm of the hand, so make sure the knife you choose fits perfectly and feels comfortable to hold. During your search, you will come across a few whittle sets that offer 5-12 knives with different blades.
Do not become overwhelmed by the sight of these sets and instead choose a user-friendly beginner's knife for yourself. The right combination of advanced manufacturing techniques along with old-fashioned craftsmanship goes into the process of making these knives. This particular knife has a 1 A?" long blade which is made of uniformly hardened and tempered high-carbon steel.
A thicker handle makes it easier to grip the knife for longer and allows greater control and precision over the blade.

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