Making a Helvie Knife
The sweep style allows for slice cuts. The Helvie Rough Out Knives come with three different blade lengths 1-3/4″, 2′ and 2-1/4″ for you choose from. All three whittling knife blades are approximately 1/2″ wide and approximately .050 thick. The standard blades are approximately 1-3/4″ in length. Cutting edge is shown down.
The size I want to carve would be from 2x2x6 inch blocks down to 1x1x4 possibly. I do want quality good knife that strops well. I have heard of Helvie, OCC and several others. I’m hoping I have outlined this enough that you folks can see what I’m trying to do.
Helvie Knife, Detail Sheep’s Foot, Bird 3/8″ x 1 1/4″
Not once did I feel control was compromised no matter what the cut. The handle is well designed and I could not fault the design of the blades or the edge holding quality. At a starting price of $34 they are well priced. The range of knives is comprehensive and allows people to tailor what they buy to what they are making and how they work. They are not only superbly made but also allow the end user various options.
Same blade as Series 17 just a different handle shape. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES. Both blade shapes looked at in this test removed timber quickly but can also make the most delicate of cuts.
Please select handle style from drop down box. Mike and Dave thank you for your insight. Dave that rose is truly beautiful. I am wanting to do those little characters.
– Kathy Overcash Signature Series 01 Bark Carver (Made by Helvie) Handle is about 4-1/2 inches, cutting edge in range of 1 inch. Signature Series 17 – The blade is approximately 1-5/8″ long, 7/8″ cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges. The “A” represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. “B” represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts.
I have been researching I am am going to say what I am wanting to do is flat plane carving. The rose is something I can only dream of being able to to at this time. Possibly if I take to this through time I may try something more intricate like that.
- I want to add this to my spoon carving when out of town so I have been watching some you tube videos trying to figure out what I might need.
- The Helvie Rough Out Knives come with three different blade lengths 1-3/4″, 2′ and 2-1/4″ for you choose from.
- I’m hoping I have outlined this enough that you folks can see what I’m trying to do.
“C” represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4” long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape).
The blade is 1 3/4″ long and is thicker than the others. The handle is 5″ long and a little over an inch thick. The middle knife is more of a detail knife, with a thinner blade that is 1 1/2″ long. The shape of the blade and the thinner handle allow it to get in certain areas and make turns that the other knife is too big for. The final knife has thin flexible blade that is 2 1/4″ long. I use it an a lot of long knives with thin blades for detail knives also. The longer blade allows me to reach and make delicate cuts in deeper areas on carvings.
Helvie Detail Knife Leather Sheath
“C” represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4” long and is shaped like a pistol grip. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES. Signature Series 17-2 The blade is approximately 1-5/8″ long, 7/8″ cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges.
The ‘plain’ blade is the one I used for blocking in the wood and detailing, but since the tip is very fine, I did not want to apply undue pressure on the tip. This is where the curved-bladed knife came into it’s own. The curved edge allows the most delicate of peeling cuts but the blade section and form allows you to also make aggressive cuts in tight to access helvie knives areas, even with the very tip of the tool. The quality of finish off the tool is determined by the blade sharpness and the direction and angle the blade is cutting the fibres of the wood. Some experimentation is required if one is not familiar with knife craving as to how to get the best cuts and in what direction one should cut, but it doesn’t take long.
I played with the soyld knives and they hog off material good and I played with some v cuts and stop cuts. These work good but I can tell I need a straight blade to make points with.So I think I will go for the helvie or OCC. And pinewood forge makes one I’ll look at but I have heard of people chipping them easy so I think Dels spoon type knife are excellent but I’m thinking helvie or OCC. Anything else you got would be great as I know nearly nothing about doing this. books, DVD suggestions anything you got would help.
They are made by Del Stubbs at pine wood forge. They are fantastic tool I just keep them honed and they stay nice and sharp. Now to the question.
I caught the bug for carving these little country type fellows. Hillbillies,wizard type dudes etc. Best I can tell this is called chip carving although I kind of think it is whittling. I want to add this to my spoon carving https://bestwoodcarvingtool.com/ when out of town so I have been watching some you tube videos trying to figure out what I might need. For heavy roughing in I think one of the soylds will be fine but I think I need a knife with a straight blade.
The “A” represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. “B” represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts.