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#1 posted 06-27-2016 12:38 PM

Probably late to the party here but I have used several chip carving knives because I like collecting them. Helvie Chip carving knives came ready to carve out of the box as they were sharp and shaped very well. For me, a good shape to a chip carving knife will look like a long thin triangle with a very small 10 degree bevel at the cutting edge but the blade won’t be too thin as I don’t like a lot of flex in my blades.

Flexcut knives were good but I had to shape them a little thinner at the point. I like the handles on them as they fit comfortably in my hand.

I have the Wayne Barton knife and really like this one but had to hone the blade prior to using but it’s a great knife.

I have the MyChipCarving platinum knives and they come ultra sharp but the ridge where the 10 degree bevel exists at the point is long and it is a “sharp” transition to the rest of the blade. This made it difficult for me to use so I ground down this “sharp” transition and it has worked great ever since. I love composition of the blade as it stays sharp and is easy to sharpen.

This weekend I just purchased the OCC Tools chip knife. I tested it on a new board I purchased but the chips kept breaking on me although the knife is really sharp. I don’t have a full review on it yet because I think the issue is that the blade needs thinned as it’s too wide and prying apart the fiber of the wood but I could’ve gotten a soft loosely tightened grained board as well.

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