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    What is the preferred size, degree v-tool for hair/beards on santas and other small caricatures?

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    I carve relatively small stuff, so I use a 3mm Dockyard V-tool after I have first used a small U gouge to give more depth to the beard. I can't speak to larger carvings....

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    • #3
      To help with the answers, here is the range of choices in Pfeil (Swiss) full size V-tools: #12 (60 deg) 1 to 20mm, #13 (90 deg) 1 to 30mm, #15 (45 deg) 3, 6mm, #16 (35 deg) 3, 6mm The choice is more limited in their intermediate size or palm tools. Some brands offer only 60 deg V-tools.

      Some carvers prefer to do beards and hair with knives for the random variation in angle and width.
      Last edited by pallin; 02-09-2018, 12:16 PM.

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      • #4
        If I was getting just one for small carvings 1/4" 60 degree V or parting tool would be my choice. You can make shallow thin cuts and also do deeper lines or detail in hair and beards,. I am a fan of Drake tool but Dockyard, Flexcut, Pfeil, and others are all good. I would add a 1/8th inch # 9 or #11 vainer if I could get two. I prefer the vainer for hair ad beards. And as Pallin pointed out you cand do alot with a detail knife.
        Randy

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        • #5
          I carve mostly small to medium size Santas and other caricatures. The size V-tools I use are 1/4", 3mm, 2mm and 1mm. As far as brand, I use Flexcut, Ramelson and Drake.
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          • #6
            Except for highlighting a finished beard, I use veiners/gouges for a softer looking beard. Usually use a small v-tool , 3-4 mm or 3/8" for a few highlights.
            From Missouri

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            • #7
              Those Dockyard "V" tools work well, and so do a selection of "V" tools by Flexcut. I have sets of both and use the Flexcut more often, I just find them stronger and sharper.

              Bob
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