Check back here often to find news and reviews about new products, collectibles, and even cutlery events around the world. Here you will find inspiration for your handicraft project, everything from creative ways to make your own knife handle to instructional videos for different carving techniques. Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality. Both knives have generously sized birch handles making them easy and comfortable to grip as you work.

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Be careful when you’re working on your Dala Horse that’s included in the kit. They give you an unfinished wooden horse that you can practice your woodcarving on. In Sweden, carved Dala Horses are a rich tradition.

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A hook knife is perfect for scooping out spoon bowls.Before setting out on this journey, I really had no clue how to even hold a hook knife. The one that comes in the kit, the Mora 164, is set up for pull cuts with the right hand and push cuts with the left. Woodcarving morakniv wood carving knives Junior Woodcarving Junior suits the slightly more experienced youngster. This is the knife we perhaps recommend above all others with its short blade, pointed edge and simple finger guard. The barrel shaped handle is a good size for children’s hands.

  • We are well stocked with a variety of tool styles, like traditional carving tools from Hirsch Tools hand-forged in Germany since 1780 to modern Flexcut Tools made of Spring Steel in the USA.
  • Here are some supplies and tools we find essential in our everyday work around the shop.
  • But I didn’t realize just how large the spoon carving community was.
  • The spindle-shaped handle is made of oiled birch wood and creates a good, natural feeling when working.
  • This model – Safe – has a point-free blade so the child doesn’t get pricked unnecessarily.

Together with the flexible blade you can work with precision and really get to all the details. The spindle-shaped handle made of oiled birch wood is slightly larger for a proper grip. The wood gives it a natural feeling and also gives you the possibility to form the handle to optimal shape.

At the same time, gently pushing the back of the blade with my right thumb. I also learned that a hook knife is sometimes called a “crook knife”. But if it loops all the way back to the handle, it’s called a “scorp”.

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And while we’re on the topic of names, the straight-bladed knife in the set is a style that’s often referred to as a “Sloyd” knife (derived from a Swedish word for “handicraft”). It’s not as scary as it seems.Early in my quest, I found that “MoraKniv” knives are more often referred to by carvers simply as a “Mora knife” or a “Mora 120 ”. Mora seems to be the most common brand name thrown around in the world of hook knives, so that was encouraging. The Number 162 hook Knife has a 2.0mm (5/64″) thick blade curved to an internal radius of 15mm (9/16″). It has cutting edges on both sides of the blade so it can be used left- or right-handed.

Mora’s 163 wood carving hook knife now comes with an included sheath. The Mora 163 features a double sided 2.5″, curved stainless steel blade, sharpened on both edges , and a snap sheath to protect the blade and fingers when not in use. Mora’s 164 wood carving hook knife now comes with an included sheath. The Morakniv company’s roots started back in 1891 in Sweden. They produce a wide variety of wood carving knives made using carbon steel, stainless steel and laminated steel.

They are good-quality tools that will give you the freedom to experiment, although if you decide to stick with this craft, you may eventually want to upgrade. Morakniv Swedish Hook knives are ideal for carving small cups & bowls, spoons, ladles, and other deeply hollowed work. The oiled birch handles are barrel-shaped for a good grip when carving. The stainless steel blades run the length of the handles so they’ll always be firmly attached. The Mora Erick Frost 106 carving knife features a long, thin laminated steel blade like the Mora 105 carving knife, with the stout barrel handle of the Mora 120 carving knife.

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These are just rough guidelines and will really be defined once I start carving. Our craft knives are well known and greatly appreciated for their sharpness and precision. Not least, the craftsmen in the village of Nusnäs use them to carve one of Sweden’s most famous national symbols, the Dala horse. I hope my adventure has inspired you to give spoon carving a try. Or maybe all we did was learn a thing or two together.

It can be good to have a fire to keep warm, or a roof nearby to run for cover in case of rain. Morakniv Rookie Rookie has a rounded safety tip to prevent injuries and the finger guard stops the fingers from slipping onto the blade. The wooden handle is especially designed for children’s smaller hands and the polymer sheath keeps both the knife and its user safe when the knife’s not in use. Choosing the right knife is the first and perhaps most important step when starting to learn wood carving.