|Forum topic by JoshInTheMiddle||posted 09-17-2015 01:48 PM||792 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-17-2015 01:48 PM
I am a fresh soul to woodworking and have recently fallen in love with it after crafting my first spoon out of redwood. It was an incredibly enjoyable process through a workshop I was apart of. This experience made me immediately go and buy a block a basswood. This is where I hit a major snafoo. What kind of knife should I purchase and where should I purchase it from to begin my craft?
Here is where we get into a bit of philosophy; the reason I picked up woodworking was the simplicity of it all. It brought me back to a simple time where hobos could craft ornamental figures with just their pocket knifes and old sages could share wisdom while crafting a ball in cage. I have asked several woodworking stores and they all point me to expensive tools and a bunch of Flexcut knives. This really turned me off as I didn’t feel the need to buy 5 separate knives and gauges to make a 2-inch robin (which was decidedly my first solo project).
So here is the question: do I need to go and buy a specific ‘woodworking knife’? Or is it possible to sharpen my old pocket knife enough to work? I sharpened my pocket knife a good deal and spent three hours trying to shave access basswood to take shape, but it was taking a crazy amount of time with little results. I watch videos of whittlers cutting basswood like butter with their knives, so I really believe it can be done.
Last questions: my ideal knife would be a jackknife. My father used to have one from his grandfather but lost it. This is where my soul gets excited as I use one simple tool to craft fresh art. Does anyone know where I can find an affordable jackknife that will be good for whittling?
Thank you so much for all the help and staying with me through this long description. I am excited to join this amazing community!