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Old 06-09-2012, 05:26 PM
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I would like to buy my son a good whittling knife.
What do you recommend?
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:32 PM
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Can you be a little more specific? Does he want to sit on the porch and make shavings, or does he want to whittle things to make figures and objects?

For the first, any good 3"-4" blade with a hand-sized handle should work fine. To actually carve things, consider an X-acto or similar carving set with several interchangable blades.
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He is looking to make figures and objects.
Maybe some type of knife that he can keep in his pocket / easy to carry.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:08 PM
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Try this: http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...ight-Hand.aspx
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:48 PM
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OTR, that's what I call a COOL knife!! I was thinking more along the lines of this:
http://www.amazon.com/Buck-0371BRS-S...9346497&sr=8-6

I don't think it matters much, for a first knife, whether it's a Buck, Case, Gerber, or whatever. Until the youngster starts using it, he won't know exactly what he likes or what blade shape he uses the most. Just get a good brand for starters, one that will sharpen up and hold an edge. Learning to sharpen a knife is much more difficult than whittling!
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:32 PM
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OTR, that's what I call a COOL knife!! I was thinking more along the lines of this:
http://www.amazon.com/Buck-0371BRS-S...9346497&sr=8-6

I don't think it matters much, for a first knife, whether it's a Buck, Case, Gerber, or whatever. Until the youngster starts using it, he won't know exactly what he likes or what blade shape he uses the most. Just get a good brand for starters, one that will sharpen up and hold an edge. Learning to sharpen a knife is much more difficult than whittling!
The Flexcut knife incorporates tools that are contained in fFlexcut carving tool kits. Note that each tool is a "lock back". Two carving knives and an eight piece set of gouges, scoops and chisels could be purchase for about the came cash outlay.

One feature that any knife to be used for carving should have is "lock back" blades. Cuts on the backs of the fingers heal slowly. Just my experience. Ouch!

Another consideration these days, is any knife carried to school could be big trouble.

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Old 06-10-2012, 10:46 PM
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I have a little case pen nife from my granfather three difrent sized blades its carbon steel so he would need to keep it oiled but its a much easier way to learn to sharpen than a gerber knife or some such and its hard to beat a sharp pen blade for detail work
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OTR, that's what I call a COOL knife!! I was thinking more along the lines of this:
http://www.amazon.com/Buck-0371BRS-S...9346497&sr=8-6

I don't think it matters much, for a first knife, whether it's a Buck, Case, Gerber, or whatever. Until the youngster starts using it, he won't know exactly what he likes or what blade shape he uses the most. Just get a good brand for starters, one that will sharpen up and hold an edge. Learning to sharpen a knife is much more difficult than whittling!
He will be 21 this fall!!

Thank you so much for the help!! I will take pix of what I get and post them up!
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Durn! I shooda knowed the boy was all growed up. Don't know what's wrong with me.
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Durn! I shooda knowed the boy was all growed up. Don't know what's wrong with me.
I know, it happened so fast, and right under my nose WITHOUT my permission!!!
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