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    New to wood carving and want to try chip carving, any recommendations for a good chip carving knife, I’m in the uk if that makes a difference.

  • #2
    I am not really a chip carver but I have two Wayne Barton chip carving knives I use for detail and doing lines. A number of friend who do chip work recommended them to me. Pfeil, Two Cherry, also make chip carving sets and are excellent tools. There are some very good chip carvers here that will share Iam sure.
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    • #3
      The slicing cuts of chip carving call for a short, straight edged, stiff blade. On some, the cutting edge is angled inward toward the handle. Contrary to the "sets" advertised, most chip carving is done with one or two knives - the one described above and a plunge knife (one with the cutting edge across the end, to be plunged vertically.)
      Of the knives pictured, the top one is what I use, the middle is a detail knive (not suitable for chip work), the lower is another version of the #1. I have also done chip carving with a fishtail gouge as it this discussion:

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      • #4
        I do lines with a Moor Large Chip carving knife, the bevel is slanted downwards.
        It has taken extreme pressure most times for a deep cut. Why it has not snapped off, I don't know.
        Don't be deceived by the goofy-looking plastic handle: it does fit a human hand!
        Brian T

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        • #5
          Good comments all. There are a number pf quality Chip Carving knives, some are mentioned above. In addition to them I would add Marty Leenhouts knives also (my chip carving.com). Bottom line get the best you can afford.
          Steve
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          • #6
            The choice of knife will not guarantee results with chip carving. This activity requires precise, repeated cuts that are more dependent on the skills & attitude of the carver. If you don't have the attention span to actually enjoy hundreds of identical cuts, this may not be for you.

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            • #7
              Often, which chip knife from which manufacturer is not as important as what bevel angle you have on your cutting edge.

              There is a wide variety of high quality chip knives available today. In fact, you could start a whole new hobby by just collecting new and unique handled chip knives.

              Any chip knife needs a very narrow leading edge angle - usually around 12 degrees. That is just high enough off your fine sharpening stone to slide 4 to 5 sheets of paper under. That thin leading edge that the pressure off of the fine corner points. Less steel, less chipping.

              If you are relief carving you may want your knife edge around 20 degrees for soft wood. If you are using a mallet with your tools and hard wood you may want an even thick leading edge.

              But for any chip knife think 'razor blade thin'. The highest quality steel chip knife that has a thick leading edge will never cut as well as a cheaper one beveled to 12 degrees.
              Last edited by Claude; 11-22-2021, 06:22 PM. Reason: typo
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              • #8
                I have a Drake and a Dave Notto, both outstanding IMHO

                Dave

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                • #9
                  Hi Ecca, in the UK Pfeil, Stubai, Flexcut and Beavercraft chip carving knives are readily available. I've just ordered a Beavercraft stab knife and two Beber chip carving knives to try out. I also have some unbranded knives that work well, I've even made my own out of a bandsaw blade.

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                  • #10
                    Lofty: Nice variety of blades to recommend.
                    How do you maintain the edges?
                    What do you recommend for the total included bevel on the blades?
                    Brian T

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                    • #11
                      I've been carrying around a broken kitchen knife "for ever" hoping to do something useful with it some day. While carving my eagle project, I needed a "large" chip-style blade and I repurposed the broken knife with a few minutes on the grinder.
                      it doesn't take much to make your own knives if you have a few common tools and a little imagination.
                      so if you are on a budget, look for good quality, high carbon kitchen knives that can be repurposed into something useful.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                        Lofty: Nice variety of blades to recommend.
                        How do you maintain the edges?
                        What do you recommend for the total included bevel on the blades?
                        Sorry Brian for the late response but only just seen this. I just strop my blades and I have no idea of the bevel angles, they're just what the manufacturer makes them. Measuring angles of my tools, whether carving, turning or general woodworking has never been my thing, if it works, and I'm comfortable with it then that's what I use.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                          Lofty: Nice variety of blades to recommend.
                          How do you maintain the edges?
                          What do you recommend for the total included bevel on the blades?
                          what I do on all gouges is simple. I use the lowest bevel the gouge steel can handle while still maintaining a reasonable durable edge. If the set angle from factory is too high, then the lower the grip a little until I can see the bevel getting wider after sharpening on a stone a few times.

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