Home made carving knives

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Project by Planeman40 posted 09-20-2015 03:51 AM 2135 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To go along with my home made carving gouges (, I also made a set of six carving knives. The blades were purchased from Woodcarver’s Supply ( – bottom of page). The blades come black and unpolished. I polished them to a bright finish and sharpened them to razor sharpness. The blades have only one positioning hole as they are intended to be used interchangeably on a single knife handle. To fit these to a wooden home made handle two positioning holes are needed (the round brass button-like things on the handles) to hold the blades in the handle and take the stress of carving. It is impossible to drill these hardened blades so I uses a diamond coated ball burr in a Dremel tool to grind a second hole. If you do this carefully, you can make a close fit. Some brass rod is used for the brass buttons. I used some large brass brazing rod bought from a welding supply house. The wood for the handles is Cocobolo obtained at the local Rockler store and the finish is shellac, one of my favorite clear finishes. These knives are not difficult to make and give a lot of pleasure when knowing you are carving with a tool you have made yourself!


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#1 posted 09-20-2015 09:19 AM

I really like them. Thank you very much for the link too

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#2 posted 09-20-2015 10:57 AM

Now you have a large set of carving tools. Well done. I like it.


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#3 posted 09-20-2015 01:28 PM

Good job. I have some of those blades.
You gave me a idea.
Keep up the good work.

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 07:18 PM

A nice compliment to your fine carving gouges that you made, great job!

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