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    Good morning. I found this image today of a suggested kit for carving miniatures. Please see the 50 mm roughout knife shown in the image. Has anyone used a similar knife and are they available? I can't determine from the image if the knife is sharpened on the long side only or on the "skew" edge as well. I carve miniature circus animals and miniature carousel animals. This could be useful for carving circus horses. I look forward to your comments. Thanks! Pat il_794xN.1865552784_oynp.jpg

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    If you plan to use a bandsaw to cut out the basic shape of the carving, the 40mm detail knife is likely all you'll need, in my opinion. I carve a lot of small carvings - from 35mm to around 250mm tall, and my longest knife is a 45mm detail knife. The largest gouge you show, I rarely use. I have a #3-8mm flex cut that I use to remove a lot of waste wood from the cutout. The rest of the tools look good to me for carving fine details.

    Claude
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    • #3
      Claude...thanks for the reply. These are not my tools. I hoped to learn more about this roughout knife and if anyone has used one or if they are available. My circus draft horses are carved in 1/12 or 1" to the foot scale. I tried using a Fordem for roughing out but that is too noisy and dusty for me. I am a retired Industrial Hygiene specialist and spent 35 years protecting the health of our employees from noise and dust issues.
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      • #4
        First beautiful carving.

        I have a similar Stubai tool. It didn’t suit me so if your interested PM me.
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        Ed
        https://www.etsy.com/shop/HiddenInWood
        Local club
        https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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        • #5
          I have a 1S/25e (aka 1" skew) from Pfeil, looks a lot like the Stubai ^^^. I use it only rarely. Instead, I make a lot of rough-out use of a Haida-style crooked carving knife sold by Lee Valley (3/32" steel) and a slightly bigger 'C' blade shape from Kestrel. The double edged blade is of great advantage. Kestrel and others make an assortment of quite small blades for detail.
          http://www.kestreltool.com/
          Brian T

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          • #6
            I believe the advantage of the 50 mm knife shown in the photo would be the ability to use it one-handed because of the size. I hope a member of this forum can provide more information about this knife.

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            • #7
              Those circus horses and wagon are beautiful art works!!!

              Claude
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              My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

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              • #8
                Claude....thanks. I have been a member of the Circus Model Builders since 1979. CMB was founded in 1935. I am currently serving as advertising manager for the Little Circus Wagon, our great bi-monthly magazine. I am also the Lot 2 Manager representing WV, PA, VA, PA, NJ, DE, and MD. If anyone would like information about CMB please visit our website, send a PM to me, or contact me by email. https://www.circusmodelbuilders.club/ or [email protected]

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                • #9
                  Pat, so fun to see the pictures again! Are all the human figures carved or are some of them from other materials? I have never used a rough out knife like that, to me it looks like it would be hard to control, but that is just me. If you try one, please let us know if you like it.

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                  • #10
                    For this display at the Artistry in Wood Show, everything was carved with the exception of about 6 small plastic dogs displayed with the dog wagon. This collection is the work of 4 - 5 carvers including myself. The majority of the carvings were made from the 1940s through the early 1970s. My wife and I have been assembling the circus parade for over 35 years.

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                    • #11
                      Very believable on the time it took, there is a ton to look at there, just like a real circus!

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                      • #12
                        Here is a photo of the complete display in Dayton. This was approximately 60 feet on the perimeter tables. DSC01717rs.jpg

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                        • #13
                          I can only imagine the set up and take down time!

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                          • #14
                            That's an amazing display!

                            Claude
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                            My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

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                            • #15
                              After watching numerous Kevin Coates videos on youtube, I purchased a few used wood handled fillet knives off of ebay and shortened them up to about 2.5" - 3" long. I find that one of those plus a 1 1/4" detail knife is all I need for my very basic level of carving.

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