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  • How to carve with a swiss army knife?

    I just got a swiss army knife. Can i carve wood with it, and if so, how?

  • #2
    Sharpen it, take it in one hand and a piece of wood in the other & let them met. Don't you just love a smart a** I've never used a swiss knife for carving before, but I would think that they would be more suitable for adding the fine details to your carving. I'm sure you'll get some good advice from others who have used the swiss knife for carving.
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Yes, you can whittle with one. The first thing I do with mine is to grind off the key ring dohickey if it has one. The second thing is to sharpen the blade to carving sharp, which is different than cutting paper / opening boxes sharp. There is a book of whittling with a swiss army knife, you might want to check it out. Spend some time learning about carving blades and their shapes, but by all means just go ahead and give it a go. Make sure you get a carving glove (leather or kevlar) and thumb protector plus some bandaids handy for the eventual cuts. Have fun! Please post pics!
      Carving since 2017

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      • #4
        I'm only 8. I whittled a stick to the white part. Is my knife sharp enough?

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        • #5
          Good for you! Maybe a Google search for Beginner Whittling Projects or Swiss Army Knife Whittling will turn up some ideas. Your knife is probably sharp enough for now, but it might be best to find an adult who can help you sharpen it. Out of the box, it will require a lot of effort to carve with. I'm old, and it takes a lot of pushing for me to carve with mine until I sharpened them. Or just go for it as it is.

          https://coolofthewild.com/whittling-how-to-whittle/

          This link looked like a good place to start.
          Last edited by Unclescott; 08-13-2019, 03:43 PM.
          Carving since 2017

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          • #6
            This might sound foolish but, because of the shape of the blade, make sure you are cutting with the cutting edge. It is very easy make a mistake in low light conditions or if your eyesight is not so good.
            Every day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.

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            • #7
              Welcome to the forums! Here are a couple of ideas for you. http://woodcarvingillustrated.com/bl...ing-propeller/ and http://woodcarvingillustrated.com/bl...arve-spreader/ Here are a couple of the books that UncleScott mentioned: https://foxchapelpublishing.com/vict...ling-book.html and https://foxchapelpublishing.com/vict...t-edition.html

              ​​​​​​​Claude
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              • #8
                swiss army knife is a good knife, theuy have their own concoction of steel which is close to the super stteels and quite tough you might end up thinning it down some but it is a good knife

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                • #9
                  The major problem with using a Swiss Army knife for carving or whittling is the blade may fold up while in use. This can result in serious pinching or cuts to your fingers. Woodcarving sometimes requires using the blade in ways that make this possible. Many whittlers prefer a fixed (non-folding) or locking blade knife.

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                  • #10
                    All the time I knew him, my dad whittled with his Swiss Army pocketknife.
                    He never spent money on himself, so he whittled with the tool that was always in his pocket.
                    We kids bought him blocks of basswood for Father's Day, mom scolded him for chips on the floor..
                    It was never particularly sharp (he was afraid he'd ruin it by sharpening it incorrectly),
                    but he always seemed to be enjoying himself when he was carving.

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                    • #11
                      Not sure where you're located, but you might want to ask around and/or google to see if there's a woodcarving club in your area. There will always be someone there who is willing to work with new carvers to help get them started in the right way. Nothing beats one-on-one instruction in knife handling and sharpening. Maybe a beginner class some where.. ?
                      ....Dave
                      Old carvers never die... they just whittle away.
                      www.shellknobwoodcarvers.weebly.com

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by joepaulbutler View Post
                        Sharpen it, take it in one hand and a piece of wood in the other & let them met. Don't you just love a smart a**
                        Yup, love a smart ***. You beat me to the punch.
                        Buffalo Bif
                        bflobif.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Buffalo Bif View Post

                          Yup, love a smart ***. You beat me to the punch.
                          Maybe you and Joe had a little too much punch.
                          Every day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.

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                          • #14
                            I like the idea of finding a carving club to join.

                            I remember taking a chunk out my finger once at about your age (carving in a dumb way that invited injury) so I think it is good to have somebody around to help you get started safely.
                            HonketyHank toot toot

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by papasar View Post

                              Maybe you and Joe had a little too much punch.
                              Feel free to join us
                              . . .JoeB

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