|Pictures above show the bevel on the bottom of the blade.|
|The bottom bevel is most important because this is the bevel that
contacts the wood being cut. This geometry allows the blade to round through a curving cut
(such as hollowing out spoons and bowls) without chattering. It is difficult to carve out the insides of rounded surfaces with bent knives
that are flat on the bottom (ie. no bevel on the bottom) because they "chatter" or jump as they are made to try to round through a cut. |
Ambidexterous and Bidirectional
I'm not trying to suggest carving with two hands. Double edged bent knives
are quite versatile, used equally well right-handed or left-handed.
There is no right or left handed version - one tool instead of two.
They are also "bi-directional". When the grain changes direction (at the bottom of a bowl or spoon, for example) there is no need to change tools or position, just use the other edge to carve in the other direction.
The typical way the bent knives are used is with one hand, palm up, the thumb on the far end of the handle, and the work piece held in the other hand. In this way there is no need for a clamp or vise to hold the work (and have to reposition).
By using the whole arm (not just the wrists), very powerful cuts can be used to remove a lot of wood quickly.
Shearing cuts (where the edge of the blade is at an angle not 90 degrees to the direction of cut) allow for assimilation of a wide variety of radius cuts. This is not generally the case with gouges which are not usually used for shearing cuts. Bent knives are at home in just about any kind of cut (except against the grain - just use the other edge!).
Handles are widest where they should be. They taper out in all
other directions. Somewhat flattened bottom, so they won't roll.
My straight knife handles are very similar, just a bit shorter.
The handles look like they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand - and they do! They are Eastern Cherry, finished with a light oil so as not to be slippery
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My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.
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