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  • Claude
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    I mostly carve small (4 to 10 inch) figures in the round. I have 6 detail knives. 4 are shown below. The other two are a Flexcut KN13 and a Helvie with 1.75 inch blade. The Flexcut has a much thicker blade than the rest and I don't care for it for detail, but use it as my roughing knife. The Helvie with the longer blade I also use as a roughing knife, because of the blade length.
    In the photo, all cutting edges are toward the bottom of the photo.
    The top knife is a Bütz detail knife; blade thickness in middle of length 0.044 inch; blade thickness 1/4 inch from tip 0.027
    Next one down is Helvie economy detail; blade thickness in middle 0.033 inch; blade thickness 1/4 inch from tip 0.033
    Third one down is Helvie; blade thickness in middle 0.029 inch; blade thickness 1/4 inch from tip 0.029
    Bottom one is Helvie; blade thickness in middle 0.030 inch; blade thickness 1/4 inch from tip 0.030

    I use the Bütz mostly for detailing eyes. I should mention: the one in the photo lost 1/8 inch broken off the tip, so I re-shaped the back of the blade to make a new tip. The Helvie economy is my general detail knife. the third one down I use primarily to shave up against a stop cut; for example, where a shirt and pants meet and the shirt is tucked into the pants. The little one at the bottom with the upsweep tip is great for shaving small thin chips in difficult to reach places. The small handle is not a problem, because when I am using this knife, I'm holding it mainly with my finger tips. I don't need, or want, a large handle on it.

    Claude

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  • deancarlsen
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    I agree with Bob K and use that knife. I have big hands and the handle is comfortable.

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  • Bob K.
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    In my opinion it all comes down to what you are comfortable with and how the blade performs for you. You may have to try a few different styles before you settle on on you like. It all comes down to a matter of preference. Not all blades perform the same way. For example, an upsweep blade will cut around curves better than a straight blade. Some carvers swear by them. Me, I prefer a short, thin straight blade but I do use both. If you ask me, I would choose the straight blade Drake in the third photo.

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by WildIsTheWind View Post
    ​​​​I'm still fairly new to carving, and have done most of my work with a short Finnish knife (https://www.lamnia.com/en/p/118/kniv...z-uhc-bearclaw). I find it good for all but the last few levels of detail, which I've done rather unhappily with an xacto. I'm looking to get a detail knife or two, and was considering Drake as well as Cape Forge. I'm wondering about the difference in functionality for the blade profiles, though. For example, between the high-point and curved detail knives from Drake, or between a sheepsfoot style miniature like Drake's 3/4"mini and the curved Cape Forge #4. It's got to be more than aesthetics, is it just preference? Or do different shapes do better without different things?

    DK7_HIGH_POINT_1024x1024.jpeg vs DK4_1.375_DETAIL_1024x1024.jpeg


    DK13_MINI_DETAIL_1024x1024.jpeg vs Screenshot_20181007-204946_Chrome.jpg
    Windy! I'd suggest that you peruse the Helvie Knife Website. They make a great knife plus they''l provide a custom knife to your specifications at very little cost.

    https://www.helvieknives.com/

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  • woodburner807
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    So many variables but in my case, it all depends on the size of the carving. Larger knives for larger carvings and smaller for small carvings. That also goes for chisels and gouges. I have many tools from many manufacturers that are used based on the style of carving also. I found I would buy tools as needed for my carvings.

    I suspect others have variants of other's approaches. Good luck and the more carving, the better understanding of needs...JMO.

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  • joepaulbutler
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    I have to grin. I'm sure you're going to get lots of different answers, you might also ask what shape of a handle.

    I'm by no means making fun of you, no not by a long way.

    In the final, decision, you will maybe change your mind after carving for a while and try just one style

    With that said, I'll get down from the soapbox and try to give you my opinion.

    Since you are familiar with x-acto blades, I refer to them for shapes only.

    #2, #12 & #28 would be the shapes I would consider. Remember, you are doing clean-up/finish work, so you wouldn't want a thick width blade, thinner works for me better at the stage of caving, I even like a little sideways flex in my blade.

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  • scotia carver
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    Hi Wild is the wind
    I prefer to use a chip carving knife for final detail work, my favorite one is a Wayne Barton chip carving knife,also use a short bladed chip carving knife from Lee Valley, German steel for about 20 Canadian $$

    Bruce

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  • WildIsTheWind
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    Detail knives

    ​​​​I'm still fairly new to carving, and have done most of my work with a short Finnish knife (https://www.lamnia.com/en/p/118/kniv...z-uhc-bearclaw). I find it good for all but the last few levels of detail, which I've done rather unhappily with an xacto. I'm looking to get a detail knife or two, and was considering Drake as well as Cape Forge. I'm wondering about the difference in functionality for the blade profiles, though. For example, between the high-point and curved detail knives from Drake, or between a sheepsfoot style miniature like Drake's 3/4"mini and the curved Cape Forge #4. It's got to be more than aesthetics, is it just preference? Or do different shapes do better without different things?

    DK7_HIGH_POINT_1024x1024.jpeg vs DK4_1.375_DETAIL_1024x1024.jpeg


    DK13_MINI_DETAIL_1024x1024.jpeg vs Screenshot_20181007-204946_Chrome.jpg
    Last edited by WildIsTheWind; 10-07-2018, 07:50 PM. Reason: Pictures vs links
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