Tool Test: Morakniv Wood Carving Set

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Tool: Wood carving set

Producer: Morakniv

MSRP: $ 59.99

If you’re looking to jump into Slöyd’s wagon and start carving spoons and other wooden items, this set of two knives is a great place to start. And they are made in Sweden, where Slöyd is still part of the school curriculum.

First, get a straight carving knife (Morakniv wood carving model 120). Its thin blade is about 2 12”Long and made of rolled steel. It’s razor sharp out of the box and held the edge well during a variety of both green and dry hardwood carving tasks. It’s sturdy enough to do some roughing work, but it really excels in detail and shape refinement.

The hook knife (model 164) has a 12”Inner radius that works well for spoons, refining bowls and surface carvings. It’s one-sided and made for right-handers who do tear-off cuts (sorry, left-handers).

Both knives feature coarsely finished birch handles. They felt a little small in my meaty gloves, so re-handling knives is in my future. Since the handles are made of wood, you can also style them to your liking. The package comes with a plastic sheath for the straight knife as well, but mine broke after particularly hard use in the woods. I was notIt’s not too upset, though, as a custom wood and bark sheath is an excellent next project.

This set of two carving knives costs $ 60, saving you about $ 20 over buying separately. This means you have enough leftovers to pick up some sharpening supplies.

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