totally agree with Jim.
a hacksaw, recip.saw, handsaw will last you for the rest
of your life. I scored a bundle of Canary Wood at WoodCraft
a few months ago with the idea to make a bunch of carving and chip knives.
today, I finished up a leather skiving knife and was totally disappointed
in the color of the wood after using BLO. oh well, back to the drawing board.
selecting the correct wood for the handles is just as important as the blade.
as for the bevel: when you get into the groove of making your own blades,
you will make some with the double bevel, upper single and lower single,
and all kinds of angles to suit your style of cutting wood. don't settle on
just one type or style - experiment.
my daughter has absconded most of my knives. but here are my two
favorites. I made the top round one many moons ago and the bottom one
used to have a much larger blade. it has been sharpened many times.
a friend of mine, Cdr. Ralph Gaither, was a VietNam POW for 7-1/2 years
and took up carving when he finally got home. he made this knife back
in the '80s and gave it to me. I should stop using it as it has so much
emotional sentiment. but, it just fits my hand so perfectly, I can't help it.
I will make more of his design as it it is very comfortable for me.
looking forward to seeing some of your projects !!