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For those who like to carv/whittle something. We will talk about all knife types for whittling, about types of wood and types of whittling.

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Oar Carving Knife / Single Locker (modified Queen Cutlery 41-L, Copperhead)

Started by J.J. Smith III. Last reply by Tom Peterson Dec 20, 2018. 35 Replies

   Kaylin and I went to the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, annual show, this past weekend, and I was fortunate to see Robert Stadtlander, from Stadtlander Woodcarvings.  I was hoping to find an…Continue

Tags: Stadtlander, Queen, Carver, Oar

Stocking Stuffers

Started by Old Guy. Last reply by Old Guy Dec 18, 2018. 4 Replies

I added the owl and ball in a box along with whatever that thing is on the right for Christmas stocking stuffers for my youngest granddaughter. I cleaned up the owl's eyes and under the beak before…Continue


Started by J.J. Smith III. Last reply by Floyd Jester Nov 29, 2018. 49 Replies

If you enjoy whittlin and…Continue

Ivy for whittling?

Started by John Bamford. Last reply by John Bamford Apr 14, 2018. 10 Replies

Some years ago, around 20 at a guess, I carved a letter opener out of a piece of ivy. The blade was in the shape of a Javanese Kris, something like the one below in general shape.…Continue



                                         CLASSICS are carvings from an earlier time that have sentimental value in the carver’s collection. The Ear of Corn was carved around 1983 or 1984 from a Pine shelving board.  It measures 13 inches tall and 4 and 1/2 inches wide and finished naturally with brushed on Deft.  It was […]


Carving “LOU” the Cat was an exercise in carving outside the comfort zone. Woodcarving is a learn by doing process making every carving project a learning experience and a practice carving. Carving a project that is outside the carver’s comfort zone is especially a stretch in the learning process. The WOOD BEE CARVER is primarily […]


                       A “Merry Christmas” greeting in the form of a Whittle-Carved Santa ornament (6 ” x 4″ x 1/4″ ~ basswood).  Whittle-Carved means carved using only knives to shape and detail the carving.

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Comment by D ale on February 17, 2018 at 20:36

I feel the same way about certain models .. one manufacturer just excels. Others do a "good" job ..but.. one excels. I like lock-back whittlers ..but.. I've seen some ugly ones too.

Comment by J.J. Smith III 2 minutes ago

It may be the "Knife Guy" in me, but they're downright ugly.

Comment by Jan Carter on February 17, 2018 at 20:36


I agree on the Flexcut, just ugly.  Hey I know where there is a 2 blade that has been used and could take a trip to SC and back !

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 17, 2018 at 20:26

I'm sure it's not an unreasonable figure, Dale, but I'm just relaying information.

I'm not sure what the relationship was between Stadtlander and Queen.  I do know that the Oar Carver's filled a void between Carver's that liked to carve with a pocket knife as opposed to a regular carving knife.   Flexcut knives are an option, but I simply hate them.

It may be the "Knife Guy" in me, but they're downright ugly.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 17, 2018 at 20:18

This one probably won't get much use, Ron.  I use one of the single lockers (because I have 2) and it's sweet.  If I ever get the opportunity to find another version II, I'll jump on it and give it a whirl.

Still, the seahorse is my go to knife, for carving.

Comment by D ale on February 17, 2018 at 19:52

Thanks JJ.


I also contacted A.G. Russell's firm & made them aware of the situation. I've seen similar (single-blade models) go through A.G.s inventory over the years. i.e. he already has a manufacturer tooled up & ready to go. The ramp up time might be long w/o commitments similar to those of his current quote. i.e. 500 pcs min & 5K set up fees.
Frankly .. having worked in the steel fab industry .. those are not bad terms. For instance .. fabricating an "Oar Version II" would require a minimum of 4 sets of tooling .. 1 for each blade .. 1 for the frame .. 1 for the back-spring. So the setup fee is distributed among 4 different sets of tooling operations. Further .. no one's going schedule press time ..&.. only run 100 parts. I just don't see that happening. Running the parts could take a whopping 12 minutes ..BUT.. that press-line is down for 3 hrs. Setting up the new die. Changing out the material. Setting up the material feed system. Alignment of everything as an interactive system. That's an hr & 15 minutes .. easy. Same thing on the other side .. removal of die & material & prep for a new run of .. something/anything. And .. that leaves up to 30 min run time to punch out the required blanks.
Then there's grinding & tempering of the blades .. assembly .. etc ...............
SO0oo .. 500 parts min & 5K set-up fees is really not that bad. Hopefully .. he could get some decent terms i.e. 1/3 up-fnt .. 1/3 upon completion of some pre-agreed upon production steps (often half way ..but.. define "half-way") .. the final 1/3 upon completion, delivery, & QC acceptance.

Comment by Ron Cooper on February 17, 2018 at 19:29

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Knowing how you're a fan of the Seahorse, as I am, how does this beauty feel in your hand when using the big Wharnie blade? Like you, I also like the way the Seahorse blade is angled. I also like the way the Seahorse handle is tapered. 

I suppose it's kind of an apples-oranges comparison, but how does this straight-angle, canoe-handled, Oar Carver feel compared to the off-angle, curve-tapered, Case Seahorse handle? 

Regardless of your answer, I know those pits in your neighborhood are quivering in terror! That's certainly a right-sharp looking Queen beauty ya got there, my friend!

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 17, 2018 at 17:06

I did get a chance, Jan.

I passed Dales's suggestion to check with AG Russell,  though he's not having any luck elsewhere.

He did say someone had said that they could do one, with a commitment to buy 500, outright, and with a $5,000.00 set up fee.

Comment by Jan Carter on February 17, 2018 at 13:53

JJ did you get a chance to speak with Robert?  Is he having any luck finding a builder?

Comment by J.J. Smith III on February 17, 2018 at 13:08

I was indeed lucky, Jan.

If I would have been 2 minutes later, it would have been gone.  

Comment by Jan Carter on February 17, 2018 at 12:40

oooowhee! Now that is a pretty carver!  Congrats!


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