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  • #16
    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
    Get a blade from someplace
    I like this idea very much, but my question is where to get carving knife blades? Any suggestions would be welcome.

    GFHWoodWerks

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    • #17
      You will want to cut the blade into a shape that you find useful for carving.
      Buy a Dremel, add a stock of cutoff disks. Safety goggles and a dust mask.
      Little stone wheels help to shape unsharpened pieces of steel.
      The Dremel can do many things. I think they are a very good shop tool to own.

      High carbon kitchen paring knives (cut into pieces.).
      Saws-All blades, even worn out ones (cut into pieces).
      Break up a pocket knife like a SAK. Worn out, junk farrier's hoof trimming knives.
      Rusty hand saw blades. Hack saw blades.
      I am cutting up a 250mm circular saw blade into knife pieces.

      Brian T

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      • #18
        I've used circular saw blades as card scrapers for years. So makes sense that I could cut up into a good knife blade. Guess I need to learnto create blade profiles as well....

        Thanks for the advice. I was thinking you were suggesting buying blades from a blacksmith or knife maker. Honestly I like the DIY approach that you are suggesting.

        GFHWoodWerks

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        • #19
          Buying blades from a bladesmith is another good approach. I do this.
          I expect to pay for the skill, experience and shop of someone devoted to the metal work.
          Particularly as you learn to use the double-edged blades from the First Nations Carvers here in the Pacific Northwest, you have some nice choices. I could never beat what they make.

          1. Lee Valley sell a variety of "Haida-style" wood carving blades. Made by Crescent Knife Works in Vancouver BC. I have and use all of them.
          https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca
          2. Kestrel Tool has been in the biz for years. Just about a gold standard. In any case, great to window shop so you can see the variety of knife and adze blades which are common tools here.
          I have a few knife blades and several adze blades. Wonderful edges.
          http://www.kestreltool.com/
          3. Jamie has started selling blades as well as finished knives. To do it again, I'd buy a few blades
          just for the fun of hafting my own ( not a difficult task.)
          https://www.jamie-sharp.com/
          Brian T

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          • #20
            Another way that I haven't heard mentioned in a while is to find an old straight razor in an antique shop. Use a Dremel with cutoff disks to cut out the blade shape you like, then epoxy this into a handle shape you like. Be careful while cutting out the blade with the Dremel to not overheat the blade - use the Dremel for about 3-4 seconds, then dunk the blade in water to cool. If it turns blue, you've ruined the temper of the steel.

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            • #21
              I bought a couple OCC blades and made my own handles, absolutely love them. The blades are readily available and cost less the $15 a blade!

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              • #22
                Helvie opened sales this weekend. Had 2 knives in my cart and they were gone after I hit check out. Spent to much time looking through my options to procure anything. Maybe the next time they open sales.

                GFHWoodWerks
                Novice Carver
                Exploring all I can with this art.
                GFHWoodWerks
                Novice Carver
                Exploring all I can in this artform.

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                • #23
                  as mentioned by claude, rich and holli make helvies part time. they are truly hand made one at a time. i dont think their popularity is due to marketing but rather due to a superior product. many claim to be hand made but are made with cnc machines and so forth. helvie is hand made. i own a few helvies as well as many others. i also enjoy pocket knives. but i respect the folks at helvie knives. theyre good folks with morals. if youd like to try your hand at making your own knife try using a old pocket knife blade and reshaping or regrinding it. don mertz has info on that on his blog. you may enjoy doing that to. wood carving is a great hobby. enjoy it.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by hoosier wood carver View Post
                    as mentioned by claude, rich and holli make helvies part time. they are truly hand made one at a time. i dont think their popularity is due to marketing but rather due to a superior product. many claim to be hand made but are made with cnc machines and so forth. helvie is hand made. i own a few helvies as well as many others. i also enjoy pocket knives. but i respect the folks at helvie knives. theyre good folks with morals. if youd like to try your hand at making your own knife try using a old pocket knife blade and reshaping or regrinding it. don mertz has info on that on his blog. you may enjoy doing that to. wood carving is a great hobby. enjoy it.
                    I actuality like the wood bee carver blog very much. It's a great reference on many things. I might try my hand at making my own knives in the Mertz fashion, as it was a Mertz knife I was hoping to get. In the mean time I've procured some OCCTools knives, which I understand to be really high quality as well. I live in a rental property so I'm hesitant to be grinding in the unit, but as soon as I'm mobile again I can use a friend's shop to do that work.
                    GFHWoodWerks
                    Novice Carver
                    Exploring all I can in this artform.

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                    • #25
                      If you’re not in a rush Helvie knives are definitely worth the wait (I have several and like their Hogger and box cutter for roughing out. Deepwoods Ventures makes a beautiful scalpel that is great for detail and I love their small butter knife for cleaning up cuts (thanks @Claude... I took your advice on that one!). I have an OCCT and Drake knife too but don’t tend to reach for them often. Warren Cutlery makes an interchangeable handle (I have their LD2 blade) that is a heavy knife and I like it for line cuts. Price is reasonable too. That is half the fun... trying out different blades to learn what you like best.
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                      • #26
                        Gfhwoodwerks: Not so much any more but just a few years back, I was making most of the crooked knives that I was carving with. No power grinding needed. Step one was with a 7/16"chainsaw file to get the bevel I wanted then various grades of good sand paper up to 1,500 grit.

                        The first 3 or 4 might be puzzles but a dozen after that are just routine builds.

                        I have a bunch of power tools to use for grinders. Never touched them. I'm more worried about the sparks setting fire to the wood dust and chips in my shop.
                        Brian T

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