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    Interested in getting a Deepwoods Ventures butter knife. There are two different lengths. Am wondering which length is more versatile. Anyone have any experience?

  • #2
    How big are your carvings? Which style of carving do you like to do?
    I'd buy the little one. Good for digging into details. The only problem you would face on a big carving is how tedious the chipping would become.
    I'm still learning that bigger tools for rough-outs is an honest thing to buy.
    Brian T

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brian T View Post
      How big are your carvings? Which style of carving do you like to do?
      I'd buy the little one. Good for digging into details. The only problem you would face on a big carving is how tedious the chipping would become.
      I'm still learning that bigger tools for rough-outs is an honest thing to buy.
      Great questions.

      Now keep in mind I just started carving in 2017. About a year after I started I had the opportunity to get four Swiss Made gouges in 40mm range. I passed, sure I would never need such large tools. Three years later I’m watching eBay like a hawk trying to find them at a good price. So far only one.
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      • #4
        Well, keep looking. Tools turn up in the darnedest places when you least expect it.
        If really isn't needed, you can always sell it on like so many carvers do.

        I got a 2/30 and a 5/35 in a lot sale of wood and tools. Took just a day or two to comprehend how useful they would be.
        I never bury more than 1/2 the edge in the wood so they are a nice step down from an elbow adze or a D-adze.
        Carving detail on my pair of butterfly story poles, had to give it up and buy a 3/18 and a 5/18 for the curves. And I thought an 8/7 was all I would ever need in the beginning.

        I started with a 12oz ShopFox mallet. It just doesn't have the mass to bang away on the 2/30 or even a 9/15. Bought the Wood-Is-Good 30 oz lead core mallet and never looked back.
        Brian T

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        • #5
          Most of my carvings are like 6 inch tall figures, 2 inch x 4 inch Santa faces, that sort of thing. Mostly caricature

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          • #6
            Thank you. So there will be plenty of delicate features. You need a little flake of steel.
            Brian T

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            • #7


              I started with a 12oz ShopFox mallet. It just doesn't have the mass to bang away on the 2/30 or even a 9/15. Bought the Wood-Is-Good 30 oz lead core mallet and never looked back.[/QUOTE]

              I have never used a mallet, at 6’6” 280 lb. when I grab to hold of something it moves.
              Ed
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              • #8
                Originally posted by carvedoc View Post
                Most of my carvings are like 6 inch tall figures, 2 inch x 4 inch Santa faces, that sort of thing. Mostly caricature
                Sounds like the smaller blade would be the likely choice.
                Ed
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                • #9
                  Smaller blades should do nicely for the size carvings you mentioned.

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                  • #10
                    Good advice. I was leaning toward the shorter blade. Believe I will go with that. Thanks

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                    • #11
                      Definitely the smaller one for little carvings. I have both but rarely use the larger ones. It’s a great knife. I like the scalpel too.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by carvedoc View Post
                        Interested in getting a Deepwoods Ventures butter knife. There are two different lengths. Am wondering which length is more versatile. Anyone have any experience?
                        They make an awesome knife!

                        Dave

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