This is my new wood carving knife. It’s a Swedish Mora, so the steel takes a beautiful sharper-than-an-Xacto knife-edge. Great for whittling and crafts.
~ by crystalfacet on September 16, 2010.
Posted in Stuff I Made
Hi! Thanks for helping me choose a knife I really appreciate it cos’ its a lot of help. In Singapore, people just care about grades grade and (well…) GRADESSSSS!!!!! So that means I have no one to ask =( And being 12 years old I am by no means seen as someone who would like whittling. I’m a real odd ball… I have taken your advice and looked up sharpening. I want to try and introduce my friends to this hobby in the future but bringing a fixed blade around ain’t so comfy. Any advice on a cheap folder? The Opinels seem quite good. Thanks again!
David said this on December 3, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
The Opinels knife looks good, but it’s not made of the right steel and it doesn’t have a good wood-cutting edge design. I wouldn’t recommend it for wood carving, but I’ve never actually used one before (just my speculation). A good wood carving knife will be made of carbon steel and have either a hollow ground edge, or a skandi-grind.
I think you will be quite surprised by how easily your Mora knife will fit it your pocket, so wait until you get that before you look into a folding wood carving knife.
I’ve only seen one folding knife that’s good for wood carving, it’s called a ‘Carving Jack’. Unfortunately, it’s very expensive.
crystalfacet said this on December 3, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
hi again… Really sorry that I have to bother you with these questions but I really can’t find anyone else. I looked at the link that you gave me and thought WOW. 6 pounds… that is pretty darned cheap. But the blade length… My mom would kill me with it if she saw me using a 4 inch knife… So I did a little search and found the Frost 120 (by mora) Do you think its good?
David said this on December 2, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
That’s an excellent choice! Even better for carving than the one I showed you, shorter blades are typically easier to control.
While you’re waiting for yours to come in the mail, I recommend you do some research on knife sharpening. It’s an immensely helpful skill that all woodworkers should have.
Keep in touch!
crystalfacet said this on December 2, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
Hi again! I checked out the mora website and their knives look AWESOME! Like you said the handles don’t look very good. I want to get a knife which is useful for general purpose but I still do want to carve with it. Can you recommend me one? Should it be single beveled or double beveled (another bevel near the edge)?
David said this on December 1, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
If you want a knife to be able to carve wood, you should get a single bevel (also known as skandi-grind).
Mora knifes surpass the quality and usability of knives costing hundreds of dollars…you should get the knife in the link below, and try it out (only costs $15). I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
crystalfacet said this on December 1, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
hi. I was really amazed at your instructables. I was wodering how you got your knife so sharp and how did you sharpen it.
David said this on November 24, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
I use the green colored DMT diamond sharpener, and an abrasive strop to dress the blade.
crystalfacet said this on November 24, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
You re-handled the knife yourself? Nice job. Where did you get the blade?
Gruszka said this on September 19, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
The blade was in an original Mora Knife handle, but I removed the handle and made a new one. All Mora Carbon steel knifes are amazing and will make great knives if you re-handle them. The handles they come with are cheap, that’s how Mora keeps their prices down.
crystalfacet said this on September 20, 2010 at 1:11 | Reply
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