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Review by Druid posted 06-06-2016 12:30 AM 3430 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today, I came across a site that was new to me, and I thought that I would pass it along for the carvers who are looking for a source of custom made native style knives, including those evasive hook knives. Preferred Edge Carving Knives and Supplies produces a good variety of knives, particularly for native style carving, but also quite suitable for those awkward items that our “standard” carving tools are difficult to adapt to . . . spoons for example.
Their site also has good information on both the correct use, sharpening, and maintenance of these specialized tools (I’m still going through it all).

http://www.preferrededge.ca

They have been affected by the recent wildfire in Fort McMurray, but I hope that they will be back to normal operation really soon.

Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada




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#1 posted 06-06-2016 05:57 AM

Hi John, I don’t have carving ability, but I do enjoy looking at quality machinery and quality hand tools. Carving knives and chisels are fascinating to look at.

I respectfully take my hat off to all the carvers out there.

Kind regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 07:24 AM

Hi Cliff, I must agree with your comment on quality tools. I think that many of us just want to pick them up and be creative with them. (Your projects show a lot of skill with tools that many carvers do not usually use.)
A bit of really good news from Bruce (the owner of Preferred Edge), he and his wife have now been permitted to return to their home. Fortunately, the forest fire missed their house.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 06-06-2016 10:29 AM

Interesting John. There are certainly many varieties and sizes of carving tools. It seems here that these are all based on knives as opposed to chisels, which seems logical since they are based on an native tribes traditional carving tools. Many ways to accomplish similar results.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-06-2016 02:10 PM

Thanks for the information, John! I am not a carver but their hook knife looks like something a turner could use to knock of the nub of a turning.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-06-2016 05:53 PM

Mike – Sounds like you found the information as interesting as I did.
Lew – Glad you liked the info as well, and your idea of using a hook knife to finish up a turning sounds valid, especially if the knife curve matches the radius that you need.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 06-07-2016 04:51 AM

John. That is wonderful news that Bruce and his Wife have been permitted to return to their home. They were indeed fortunate that the forest fire missed their house…....Australians can relate to the horror and destruction of Bush Fires as there have been some dreadful and tragic loss of life involving Bush fires over here….I am sure that thoughts and prayers for the folk in Canada have been sent from the folk in Australia. Kind regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 06-07-2016 07:12 AM

Thanks for the kind thoughts Cliff. So far, this fire has covered over 210,000 acres.
I’m glad that they are all right.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 01-04-2017 08:18 PM

Re: native-style carving knives, try kestreltools.com. this is a small, home business on Lopez Island, part of the San Juan Iskands in Puget Sound, north of Seattle, Washington. They have been making hand forged carving knives and adzes for years. Their specialty is curved knives, frequently used by totemic carvers in the Pacific Northwest. A plus- if you email or call, you will be talking to the guy that actually makes the tools-one at a time. Happy carving!

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