|Forum topic by Minnow||posted 05-14-2014 02:17 PM||1191 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-14-2014 02:17 PM
Hi All :)
I’m looking into starting carving and I’ve decided on Flexcut knives partly because they’re often mentioned as being good tools for the beginner, but mostly ‘cause they’re the only knives I’ve seen that look hefty enough not to get lost in my big ole paws :)
while I’d eventually like to try all kinds of carving, for starters I’m looking at doing small “in the round” style carvings.
I’ve already got a pair of cut resistant gloves (rated at 5, the highest), safety first :) now I’m wondering if the Flexcut general cutting knife would be best or if I should get at a detail knife knife instead.
for gouges/chisels I’m looking at a set of “Footprint Tools” gouges, I realize these will be mediocre at best, but I figure they’ll be perfect for learning to sharpen and reshape tools, and since they’re too long for carving a hand held piece, my first project will probably be a set of palm handles if I buy them at all.
alternately I’m looking at a Flexcut set of 3 gouges, 70deg 1/4” parting tool, 9/16” dbl bevel skew, and a #11 1/4” gouge, I’d get a bigger set, but I’d like to know that I enjoy carving and flexcut gouges before I do :)
If I go with flexcut gouges I figure I’ll get their slip strop kit, and if I get the cheap gouges I’ll just buy a chunk of leather, a set of slips, some honing compound, and carve my own strop block.
I’m sure I’m missing something(s) any advice appreciated, I’m not interested in the “Best” tools and won’t be till I’ve decided that I that I A). like carving, and B). am skilled enough to use them properly, so if you’ve ever flinched when looking at the price please don’t recommend it :)
Y’all stay safe