This review is about the Flexcut Detail Carving Knife. I personally own one and I positively love it. It comes razor sharp right out of the package. And when I say razor sharp, I mean it. The blade is finely polished to a micro edge.
I found the handle comfortable and easy to grip. It seems the older I get the more stiff my hands get when using tools like this, but I found the handle on this knife to work well for me.
One of the first projects I did with this knife was a Welsh Love Spoon. Here are a couple pictures of it.
Shown above is the spoon in it's beginning stages along with the 3 main tools I used to make it. The center tool is the Flexcut Detail Knife. I used walnut for this project. Walnut is not easy to carve and a razor sharp knife like this one makes life a lot easier and safer. It has always been my opinion that more cuts happen from a knife slip, due to a dull blade than any other cause. When you are using a dull knife you tend to try and force the knife instead of letting it smoothly and easily do it's job.
Below is the finished spoon.
I gave this one away as a birthday gift.
All in all, this knife is a pleasure to use. Like any carving tool it will need to be sharpened often. I use a Flexcut Slip Strop Sharpening System like this one.
It's easy to use and was designed specifically for use with Flexcut Knives. It also won't cost you a fortune.
If you are out looking at wood carving tools for Christmas, let me give you my best advice about buying them. What you will find out there is a lot of cheap discount carving that look like great deals. Sometimes you can get these bargain sets that will include 5 or 6 knives for $20 or less. It might sound like a great deal, but with tools you generally get what you pay for. What I tell people is that I would much rather see them buy 1 good knife like a Flexcut, than 6 cheap ones for the same money.
I like this tool. It did everything it was supposed to do and after doing several projects, it is still in great shape. I highly recommend it and give it 5 pink hardhats out of 5.
Have fun shopping this week and be safe.
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