Carving knives are versatile and available in various designs. You can find out which knife is best suited to your field of activity and what else you need to consider in our checklist. Below you will also find product recommendations that will make your purchase decision easier.
- First and foremost, the handle is used for safe handling of the blade, consequently it should be stable in the hand. For aesthetic reasons, wooden handles (cherry, ash, birch, or plum) are often used. For a better grip with sweaty hands, you should refrain from using lacquered carving knives and instead go for oiled handles.
- When it comes to blades, make sure the carving knife is made of steel with high carbon content. It is often referred to as carbon steel and is specified in the size unit HRC. Approximately 56-58 HRC is considered a guideline, which gives the material a suitable balance between hardness and grinds ability and is forgiving of minor handling errors.
- In conventional knives, the connection plays a major role. Is the blade tucked into the handle, riveted to the handle, or through and screwed at the end? Since the carving knife is hardly subjected to tensile loads (unlike a bread knife), this fineness plays a minor role.
- The basic equipment: each set should include at least four carving knives. The flat iron has a flat, straight edge, but is used mainly to carve curves tangentially. The flat iron usually has a slight hollow and is also intended for carving large areas. If you want to drive depressions and cavities into the wood, you need the curved hollow iron and the drill is the U-shaped carving knife. With it, you can model both holes, strong depressions, and rough outlines.
- For more specialized work, you can resort to various special shapes, for example, the V-shaped goad can be used to carve corners, edges, and hair. Similarly, tapered flower irons, channel irons, Schaller irons, Backeroni irons, or Macaroni irons have become established in the traditional craft.
- Carving knives for children: despite all the enthusiasm for art, carving knives are not toys. Children’s carving knives are characterized by a rounded tip to minimize the risk of injury. In addition, troughs are often incorporated into the child’s hand-sized handle to ensure a better grip.
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
For starters, the carving knife should be very sharp and of very good quality, so that it is easier to carve. Many manufacturers offer special sets for beginners. You can’t go wrong in hardware stores.
First and foremost, you should assess your child’s abilities as to when they are ready for a carving knife. Some models are available for children as young as 3 years old. At this age, however, your child should definitely be supervised. We also recommend collapsible carving knives for children.
Carving knives are usually available in sets, so there is something for every type of carving. These include, for example, ball irons, flat irons, hollow irons and drills. See the checklist above for a more detailed explanation.
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