Whether you are an experienced wood carver, or a brand new beginner, you’ll want to make sure the carving tools you purchase are the best possible. High-quality carving tools can be expensive, but you’ll enjoy years of use out of them. There are some specific qualities you’ll want to look for in the best tools.
High-quality carving tools can be expensive, but you’ll enjoy years of use out of them. Consider starting with the most basic of wood carving tools and spending a little more on these. It is easy to expand from there. There are some specific qualities you’ll want to look for when you begin to choose woodcarving tools.
Basic Tools to Buy
Know what tools to buy first. There are some basic tools that you will use often as a wood carver. These are gouges, chisels, a rubber mallet to drive the gouge into the wood, sand paper and finger guards to protect your fingers while carving. The size of gouges and chisels will depend upon what types of projects you wish to carve. Any employee of a local hobby store should be able to help you choose an appropriate size for your starting project.
Sharper Is Better
Purchase the sharpest tools you can find. When it comes to wood carving, the key to a high-quality carve is having a sharp edge to your carving tool. Some of the best brands for a sharp edge include U.J. Ramelson, Warren Cutlery and Pfeil Tools. You can find links to these carving tool makers in the resources area below.
Will the Tool Hold its Edge?
Look for tools that are made from forged and tempered steel, so that they will a sharp edge longer. While you will have to sharpen your tools often, higher quality materials will hold an edge longer than more cheaply made products. The best tools will come already sharp and honed to a perfect angle. This will also make it easier for you to sharpen the tool, since the angle of the cutting edge will already be set and you’ll simply need to hone it a bit.
The highest quality carving tools come with wooden storage containers that separate each tool to avoid the blades banging together, which can dull edges or damage tools. Since you will be making an investment in your wood carving tools, you’ll want them to last a long time.
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