Whittling / Carving knives


Whittling / Carving knives

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.

If you just collect a Whittler knives, you are also invited!

Location: All aroud the world!
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Latest Activity: Sep 27

Tom T. Hall - The Whittler

Discussion Forum

whittlers,large grip.

Started by richard m bissell III. Last reply by richard m bissell III Sep 27. 2 Replies

If you have the hand for them, there are sunfish size, whittler pattern knives out there which are new made and carry the brand names Winchester and Kabar.// They can be a bit pricey however they…Continue


Started by J.J. Smith III. Last reply by Floyd Jester Apr 2. 50 Replies

If you enjoy whittlin and carving, why not show some of your work. Post your pics here...Continue

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


WHITTLING JIM HECKER ~ Flat Plane Carvings

The “Shorties” above are two and half-inch tall creations of Whittling Jim Hecker.  Jim is a carving friend who lives in Elk River, MN.  We first met at the International Congress of Woodcarving in 2009 and have maintain mutual friendship through emails, Facebook, two more meeting at International Congress and a couple of times in […]

COMMISSIONED Retirement Gift

A carving of a Civil War artillery officer with a cannon mounted on a butternut base with four carved plaques on the side panels of the base depicting significant benchmarks of employment career became a retirement gift.  The carved soldier holding binoculars standing beside a cannon were symbolic of retirement from the military with a […]


A Thin Wizard is a Whittle-Carved project that uses a scrap piece of wood that has been cut into a thin and tall triangle wedge shape.  The larger portion of the triangle wedge become the bottom of the head of the Wizard and the thin top becomes the pointed hat of the Wizard.  The two […]

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on December 21, 2015 at 13:13

Sounds like a good class, DL.  Realistically, you'll only need minimal tools;

Jan mentioned the kevlar gloves, GOOD choice.

John mentioned a strope, for my knives I use old belt blanks.  I'm into saving cash also.

You'll only need one or two knives, for this, a basic carving (roughout) and a detail blade.  Starting out, I'd go with a good fixed blade carving knife, though if you prefer a folding knife, Flexcut makes the Whittling Jack, which has both blades.

Read more about them, here..http://iknifecollector.com/group/whittlingcarvingknives/forum/topic...

Comment by Jan Carter on December 21, 2015 at 12:18


Great way to recycle and save more money for knives!!


Kevlar-type cut resistant glove would be the most important type of equipment for me LOL.  You might find this part of the group helpful

Make your own carving knife (fixed blade) less than one hour! Cheap...

Comment by John Bamford on December 21, 2015 at 10:44

I make my own strops Dead , the last and best so far I did in the last week or so . 

I use leather rescued from old leather furniture that gets dumped in skips .

Soaked the leather in PVA to make it a little harder before I glued it to a piece of oak that was sitting in the shed . The strop was then coated in some 0.5 micron diamond strop paste .

Comment by dead_left_knife_guy on December 20, 2015 at 20:58

Hello, y'all...

I'm signed up for a Scandinavian flat plane figure carving class in February.  I'm pretty new to carving & still quite inexperienced.  I'm rather unfamiliar with this style of carving (not that I'm terribly familiar with any style of carving), & I plan to pick up a book or video or both in advance of the class.

However, it seems prudent also to inquire with the whittlers & carvers here about knives & other tools or equipment I might need for the course.  I have a few carving knives already, along with some basic stropping stuff (really basic -- think Flexcut intro sets).  And if there's a brand of stropping compound (& colors) you'd recommend, I'd love to hear about them.

The instructor will have knives for sale at the class, but my hope is that I'll be able to use what I already have.

Thanks in advance!  -- DLKG

Comment by J.J. Smith III on December 20, 2015 at 18:45

Working on a couple of pit projects,  John.   Been looking for the "Right" ones to carve.

Asked Santa for the SMKW/CASE whittling knife, for Christmas, keeping my fingers crossed...

Comment by john garcia on December 20, 2015 at 14:46
Hi everyone, has anyone done any whittling or bought a new knife for whittling?
Comment by Michael Squier on June 4, 2015 at 20:47

I hear you guys but I already have so many collector knives and I bought these with the intention of using them, im sure the Warren tool co people meant them to be used, maybe. No plans on selling so many years from now the use will add to the sentimental value I hope.  

Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 4, 2015 at 19:38

Rons got a point there.  I've only fantasized about finding a set like these.  Only ever seen singles whenever I do see them.

Comment by Ron Cooper on June 4, 2015 at 13:02

This is strictly my opinion, but...

Since there were only *1500 of these sets made for Warren Tool Co. in 1982, I personally would not sharpen them. These sets are becoming harder and harder to find, and their value just keeps going up and up! With all the other available options for whittling, I would just tuck these away some place and forget about them for a decade or two.

But, hey! That just one old guy's opinion. They're yours to do with as you see fit. And, if you do decide to sharpen and use them, then, I would agree with what J.J. has suggested, I would go for a flat grind. I believe that would probably be your best bet.

*I have also read that there were 2000 of these sets made. Regardless, they are fast becoming extinct.


Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 4, 2015 at 12:35

Depends on what type of wood you carve, Michael.  I like mine with a closer to original edge to a slightly convex grind.  If you use softer woods, a flat grind, especially on the detail knife, should do the trick.


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