Helvie Knives from Little Shavers
This is ongoing and I enjoy this. I have 3 hook type knifes with different sweeps and two soyld knives.
The sweep style allows for slice cuts. The Helvie Rough Out Knives come with three different blade lengths 1-3/4″, 2′ and 2-1/4″ for you choose from. All three blades are approximately 1/2″ wide and approximately .050 thick. The standard blades are approximately 1-3/4″ in length. Cutting edge is shown down.
I caught the bug for carving these little country type fellows. Hillbillies,wizard type dudes etc. Best I can tell this is called chip carving although I kind of think it is whittling. I want to add this to my spoon carving when out of town so I have been watching some you tube videos trying to figure out what I might need. For heavy roughing in I think one of the soylds will be fine but I think I need a knife with a straight blade.
I like the knife because you can push with the thumb in the low part of the handle near the back of the blade. Helvie Knives LLC has put together knife sets based off feedback from wood carvers. By purchasing any of the sets you save some money versus buying them individually. These sets can accommodate the beginners as well as the more skilled wood carvers.
Helvie Knife, Lamb’s Paw Detail, Finger 3/8″ x 1 1/4″
The blade is 1 3/4″ long and is thicker than the others. The handle is 5″ long and a little over an inch thick. The middle knife is more of a detail knife, with a thinner blade that is 1 1/2″ long. The shape of the blade and the thinner handle allow it to get in certain areas mora wood carving knife and make turns that the other knife is too big for. The final knife has thin flexible blade that is 2 1/4″ long. I use it an a lot of long knives with thin blades for detail knives also. The longer blade allows me to reach and make delicate cuts in deeper areas on carvings.
Please select handle style from drop down box. Mike and Dave thank you for your insight. Dave that rose is truly beautiful. I am wanting to do those little characters.
These two from Helvie not only look good, but have had a lot of thought put into them regarding blade and handle style, how they are likely to be used, and how they cut – a lot different from a modified kitchen fruit knife. Signature Series 10 https://bestwoodcarvingtool.com/ – The blade is approximately 2″ long, 13/16″ cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4” long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Hornet Bee knife has the extended tang and long reach.
The ‘plain’ blade is the one I used for blocking in the wood and detailing, but since the tip is very fine, I did not want to apply undue pressure on the tip. This is where the curved-bladed knife came into it’s own. The curved edge allows the most delicate of peeling cuts but the blade section and form allows you to also make aggressive cuts in tight to access areas, even with the very tip of the tool. The quality of finish off the tool is determined by the blade sharpness and the direction and angle the blade is cutting the fibres of the wood. Some experimentation is required if one is not familiar with knife craving as to how to get the best cuts and in what direction one should cut, but it doesn’t take long.
Not once did I feel control was compromised no matter what the cut. The handle is well designed and I could not fault the design of the blades or the edge holding quality. At a starting price of $34 they are well priced. The range of knives is comprehensive and allows people to tailor what they buy to what they are making and how they work. They are not only superbly made but also allow the end user various options.
So any suggestion are welcome thanks for reading this post. Knife carving is a wonderful way to explore the carving of animals, caricatures and so on, and is easily accessible to people in as much as it requires very little equipment or expenditure, and can literally be undertaken anywhere. You can use any knife that cuts cleanly and allows you to access work properly, but in truth, some knives are designed to make life easier.
- I have a small set of pheil tools and a mallet for this and for the most part they do what I need.
- And pinewood forge makes one I’ll look at but I have heard of people chipping them easy so I think Dels spoon type knife are excellent but I’m thinking helvie or OCC.
- Next, I work a 7 days on and 7 days off schedule so I decided a couple years ago to start carving spoons when I’m out of town.
- These sets can accommodate the beginners as well as the more skilled wood carvers.
- Some experimentation is required if one is not familiar with knife craving as to how to get the best cuts and in what direction one should cut, but it doesn’t take long.
The width of the blade (measured from cutting edge to back) is also something to consider. Handle size. There’s a concept for handle size which seems to apply to the elbow & D adzes and the crooked knives of the Pacific Northwest native style carving tools. There’s a concept for handle size which seems to apply to the elbow & D adzes and the crooked knives of the Pacific Northwest native style carving tools.
“C” represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4” long and is shaped like a pistol grip. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES. Signature Series 17-2 The blade is approximately 1-5/8″ long, 7/8″ cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges.
The length of the blade (measured from handle to tip) is also a factor in knife selection. comfort of a knife handle is probably as important as the quality of the steel in the blade. With the type of carvings I do, I carve the end-grain often and hold my knife like a pencil with the sharp edge up. With all the “fancy” knives I own, my go-to knife is a bench knife made by Murphy with a 1 7/8″ blade. Verdict The blades take an exceptional edge when honed and fit in the hand so well they are a delight to use.
Same blade as Series 17 just a different handle shape. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES. Both blade shapes looked at in this test removed timber quickly but can also make the most delicate of cuts.
Helvie Knives Test archive
They are made by Del Stubbs at pine wood forge. They are fantastic tool I whittling knife just keep them honed and they stay nice and sharp. Now to the question.