Hook Knife

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Project by mpmitche posted 03-11-2012 04:27 AM 1640 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching a recently uploaded episode of The Woodwrights Workshop I decided I wanted to try my hand at spoon carving. Being unable to find a decent hood knife locally I searched the internet. There are some nice knives out there but the ones I wanted would take at least a couple weeks to receive. My impatients led me to making my own. I forged the blade from 5/16th O1 drill rod bent it and sharpened it (on sandpaper and stones which took forever). The asymentical handle was split out of some walnut scrap I had. While it looks a little odd the shape actually fits my hand well for carving in the Swedish style. Between this and a Sloyd knife I have had for years I started my first spoon. Its still a work in progress but is almost ready to sit out and dry so I can get a cleaner finish on it.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 01:06 PM

Well the knife is certainly one very good thing to come from this project. Well done!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 01:28 PM

Very nice knife, now you will be hooked for life on spoon carving. I am constantly looking for new ideas for a spoon carving. Welcome to the insanity!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 08:53 PM

Great hook knife!


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#4 posted 03-12-2012 01:51 AM

I’m likin’ it ! What is it about carvin spoons that lures one in? I made a couple out of walnut with some crude cheap tools that broke down, then, next thing I know I now have 2 cherry spoons and an apple spoon carved out and waiting for the spoon knife (to cut out the bowl) on back order from Del; man I can’t wait!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 04:59 PM

I wasn’t sure how to design the blade and now that I’ve used it I am ready to made another one. The blade is too wide on this to really get in there.

Your spoons are unbelievable, where did you learn to do that? I’d love to take a class but haven’t found any around here. Anyone recommend a book or video on the subject?

-- Mike, Western New York

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