Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Magnificently mountainous McBride in the Robson Valley
You have to learn each and every wood and learn the blade. I read that in your posts = that's good.
I learned enough about western red cedar in the first 5 years to be comfortable carving in it.
I like to make wood carving crooked (curved) knives from both new and used farrier's hoof trimming knives.
A new Hall is $50.00 here. A worn out used Hall from the farrier is $5.00. Mora, Diamond and Ukal are OK.
Mora #188 make fantastic planer knives to use with both hands on a 16" dogleg handle.
Go check out your local farrier. Here, he tosses the old knives in a box. $5.00 each is just beer money for his junk..
I bash off the factory handles (which are really OK) and make up my own to suit the size and length that I want for me.
If and when I buy blades, I still make up and haft all of them to suit myself.
Because of changing wood grain directions when you carve spoons, do your best to score both right and left handed blades.
Otherwise, a real Pacific Northwest 2-edged knive blade is the way to go.
They already come pointed so you don't need to mess with a Dremel and cutoff wheels to make your own points.
I never minded, it was just another part to learn.