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What's stopping you... from carving (and other activities)?

Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by Paul_B, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Paul_B

    Paul_B Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Quick question, what knife/tools to use to try out carving? I might not like it so nothing expensive. I have a Mora, couple of opinels and SAKs. Also an oyo brothers folder. Which might be useable?

    One opinel is ruined with its tip snapped off. I do not trust opinels after that. It failed doing nothing hard, simply cutting something , scoring iirc.

    Is it worth getting a cheap carving knife?
     
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    Stew Bushcrafter through and through

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    All of those knives will work well for different types of carving.

    The opinel is not ruined. Just regrind the tip in - easiest thing is to just drop the spine raher than take the edge up.
     
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    Paul_B Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    The way it broke, I don't trust it. It broke too easily. Flaw in the material perhaps. It didn't take much.
     
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    Paul_B Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    What do you mean about different carving?

    I guess opinels are thin blades with a good point, fine detail perhaps?

    The oyo brothers folder is a thick blade, probably very strong for a folder, coarse carving?

    SAKs well an EDC with a selection if blades and tools, an impromptu whittling while you're waiting?

    Mora. Well a basic but solid knife. Bit of an all rounder?

    What starter knife do you think I really should have? A crook knife or other shaped blade? Saw a £29 folding knife with multiple types of blades on out for carving. From heinnie Haynes iirc.
     
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    I had missed your mention of the oyo. I don't know that one. They're all knives and all cut so just give it a try and see what works for you. The most important thing to do is to actually get on and do.

    You won't need a crook knife as you aren't making spoons.
     
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    It's a knife. Don't worry about having the best gear just for trying.
     
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    Broken glass (edges) are great for wood carving. I've smashed bottles and greenhouse panes to get some really random useful shapes. I learned the technique from an old hill shepherd who used glass for shaping and finishing Crooks.
     
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    "Kitchen sharp" is far from "carving sharp" in both quality and probably the bevel angles.
    Must learn to keep edges that way. Cheap steel can't sustain the needed edge.
    Those blades just will not allow you to do what you see done by others.

    Visit your local farrier. See if you can beg or buy a worn down crooked hoof-trimming knife.
    Revise the bevel for a life-time of wood carving left in the blade.
    Mora 171 & 172, Diamond 271, Ukal Supervet, Hall = brands like those.

    New Hall knives cost me $50 each. I give the farrier $5 each for his discards.
     

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