It is hard to really track down where bent knives started out. Many
carvers have found them to be very useful. You are able to get
places where chisels can't reach. If you read on you will see
what I mean.
Why a Bent Knife
Carving Illustrated wrote of world famous carver Chris Pye:
Chris Pye is a traditional carver and not known as a user of
knives as such, he does see carving gouges as essentially
"glamorous, curved knives with the handle moved around to the
The hook knives proved perfect for
the particular work in hand and elsewhere. It was
also obvious that other carvers, particularly knife carvers,
would find them
a very useful part of their kit of tools as well. The hook
perfect for the particular work in hand and elsewhere.
obvious that other carvers, particularly knife carvers, would
a very useful part of their kit of tools as well.
The blades of these knives are mounted close to the surface of
of the handle which makes it easier to work close to the surface
A benefit of the double edge bent knife is: when you are carving
grain in the wood starts to travel in another direction all you
do is use the other side of the knife to bring the cut in the
direction. All you are doing is cutting in the opposite
instead of having to turn the whole carving around.
To understand how and where the certain curved knives are used I
try and explain the other benefits. I am sure when you try them
the areas where these knives will benefit you as a carver. Bent
can be used in many different areas of carving. These knives can
in concave areas and for the relief cuts in the background of a
The blades on these knives can be used to the very tip
it very easy to cut right into a stop cut. A Preferred Edge
bent knife can cut across the grain on red cedar with out tiring
wood. It also helps if you use a slicing action for this cut.
The blades is made from a high grade tool steel. The steel code
L6 was engineered for wood cutting saw blades and related tools.
Rockwell hardness on these bent blades after they have been heat
by Preferred Edge are RC 57+. At this hardness these tools are
sharpen and stay sharp for a long time.
Bent knives can have a bevel on the
inside or the backside. There are benefits to both bevels. Each
one will have to be sharpened differently.
With the bevel on the inside the dig can have a more aggressive
This blade wants to dig into the would because the bevel is on
inside. When this blade wants to dig too much all you have to do
the opposite side of the blade and cut in the opposite
In most cases when the bevel is on the back or bottom side you
better control of the digging. The cut with this blade wants to
toward the top of the wood. With this tool there is less chatter
you are cutting in a tighter radius.