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Forum topic by velo_tom posted 07-08-2010 11:50 AM 1341 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2010 11:50 AM

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A recent unplanned surgery has brought my woodworking and home improvement projects to a halt this summer. To entertain myself I got some basswood and a Warren portable caving kit with interchangeable knife and gouge blades. I never planned on doing any carving, mainly because I didn’t think I could end up with anything recognizable, but now not only have I become hooked but my wife is too.

I’m now envisioning enhancing some future hardwood furniture projects with classic carved pattern enhancements. I’ll need some stout carving tools for use with a mallet. I plan to buy a tool set since that is the most economical way to tool up quickly. I want tools that are already sharp and ready for use because I don’t want to have to sharpen that many profile tools at once.

An initial search of the internet has given two brands, Ashley Iles and Flexcut, as tools that come ready to use. There are likely others too. My question is:

Does anyone out their have any experience with Flexcut Mallet Tools or Ashley Iles Carving Tools? Or, does anyone know of another brand of similar price and quality that would be good to use out of the box? I will be greatly appreciative of any information and/or opinions provided.

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 12:19 PM

there is severel big naes that makes carving cheisels both to bee used with mallet
and palmcheisels
both in UK and Germany

Crown and Kirsh to name two


Edit : and two cherry

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 08:45 PM

Both of those are good. I primarily use the Flexcut palm tools for smaller carvings and I haven’t really did a good test of the larger mallet tools, although I have a few. I do have a few Pfeil (Swiss made) tools… they are considered some of the best and come sharp, but are expensive (sets range from $250-$850). You might look at these ….

These are reasonably priced and I have been told they hold a good edge by people who do a lot of mallet work.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 10:07 AM

I’ve only used one Ashley Iles gouge. As I recall, it wasn’t sharpened when I got it. Mostly, I’ve used Pfeil/Swiss made carving tools. They all needed honing before they’ll cut well. A pro carver told me that Pfeil and Iles were the only carving tools worth owning, so that’s all I’ve tried and been happy with them.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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