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    Beginner kit advice.

    Interested in starting to whittle a few bits, what would be the basic kit to do this, kinda baffled with the various different knives available. Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Jon

    i would say it depends on what you want to make really, a good starting point in my eyes would be the mora 120http://www.moraofsweden.se/craft/wood-carving-120 and a mora 106 http://www.moraofsweden.se/craft/wood-carving-106 the 106 being the larger blade, these come sharp out the pack, a scandi grind that holds an edge really well, they are laminated steel, you can get these so sharp you can shave your face with them cleanly.

    and for spoons etc look at there hook knifes, all the blades mentioned you can pick up for around 15 to 25 delivered, amazon is a pretty good place to source them from, i cant fault mine to be fair.

    one thing i would recommend is some carving tape to protect your fingers and thumb tips as you will be using this part of the thumb alot for push cuts, also look into a Kevlar glove for the hand your holding your work in, i berried my 120 into the palm of my left hand about a 3rd of the blade went in and it left a nasty cut and this was with minimal force, so i cant stress enough how important some protection is, maybe even think about a thick leather pad to go over your leg as well.

    check some youtube videos on cut techniques the pull, push and stop cuts are going to be the main three cuts your going to use as a beginner to be fair, combining these three types of cut you can do so much too, then you start getting into the V stop cuts and other various types of cut but that said the first three will be the main ones to get dialed.

    you could also check out flex cut carving knifes, a different style to the mora completely, you could make your knifes your self though to give yourself a unique blade thats handle to how you want it and to what feels comfortable to you, this can play another big factor in weather or not you actually enjoy carving with your knifes, i have used some knifes for carving that other people hate to the extreme, currently cant find my little carving knife i made, when i do i put a pic up for you i mad it from a cone nut spanner from my bike tools that i no longer use a park tools one to be exact.

    hope this has given you some light and a bit of direction to where you want to get mate.

    cheers

    Madz

    edit PS you can also check out youtube on how to make your own carving knife that can be done pretty much in the kitchen from old saw blades, spanners even drill bits and paint scrappers.
    Last edited by MadZ; 29-08-2013 at 07:53 AM.

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    heres a little video from a guy recycling a reciprocating saw blade, i have tried this with an old jigsaw blade and am currently making a hook knife or spoon knife,
    also you will see people calling hook or spoon knifes crook knifes this terminology is incorrect a crook knife gets its name from the blade being handled of set hence the name crooked or crook normally a straight blade bent slightly and mounted into a handle offset or crooked these were used in a palm up fashion in a pull cut style fashion like a one handed draw knife, again a very interesting you tube video about the difference between a crook/hook and spoon knife

    sorry to rant on hope it helps you some

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_vzF...dg0jN_3lkhgD0Q

    heres a link to the video about hook/spoon knifes and a crooked knife http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0qpVW5r15M

    just waiting on some pics to upload shouldn't be long
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    here is a picture of what i consider my basic straight blade kit, with some other bits in the making a spanner blank, hook knife (wip), mora's 120/106, a drill bit blade in the rectangle oak handle(fine detail work), box wood handle chip carving knife (home made from a spanner blank) strops again home made with different grades of leather, a chunk of flex cut stropping compound, i strop my blades every 20 minutes normally, but on harder woods 10-15, i feel the less stone work i have to do the better and can normally strop the blades sharp again about 5 times or so before they need stone work, and an example of some carving nothing special as its still in the roughing out stage, A dragon carving for the misses birthday.

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    i know i said about protection and there is none in any of the pics, but when informing people about carving i always include the protection part as you never know what the persons knife handling skills are like and i find it always a good idea.

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    its not great but you can see what it is ment to be, its about 16 hours on the head so far and 6 ish on the body in the pics in the post above, probably another 20-30 hours left to finish it off, most of it was done with the smaller 120 knife, getting there as i only took up carving about 5 months ago

    Madz

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    Enjoyed reading that MadZ, some very useful information and advice. Thank's for taking the time to post that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadZ View Post
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    its not great but you can see what it is ment to be, its about 16 hours on the head so far and 6 ish on the body in the pics in the post above, probably another 20-30 hours left to finish it off, most of it was done with the smaller 120 knife, getting there as i only took up carving about 5 months ago

    Madz
    Nice one Bud

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    no worries glad you found it of some interest and use, may i add about getting wood for free, i use this method alot as wood is/can be expensive, keep an eye out for, when the council cut down trees etc they normal send a team of cutters out followed by a team with a chipper grab this wood before the chipper gets it.

    also some nice woods to start with would be:

    beach, quite hard takes detail quiet well, hence the dragon
    box wood, very hard lovely wood can look like bone/ivory in some cases, can be hard to work with though
    walnut, soft wood lovely to work with smells great to.
    oak, real hard, hard to work.

    if you want any other info on wood and what it works like feel free to ask if i have slice-n-diced any of it i'll give you my best description of how and what its like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony1948 View Post
    Nice one Bud
    cheers Tony, coming from a man with such crafting skills it means alot

    Madz

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadZ View Post
    cheers Tony, coming from a man with such crafting skills it means alot

    Madz

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