I don't know if I could carve or whittle without my gouges and knives. Deep V cuts and round cuts would be my down fall.
The knife in the top photo here is the one I really like, it has both thumb and index finger indents which is perfect when flipping the knife when in use. I flip my knives, as I make push and pull cuts. Those indents are really comfortable and make the handle fit perfect for me.Jim - I haven't really done any serious "whittlin" lately.
I just found it interesting to make some knives that fit my hand.
once I found where my fingers and palm fit on the handle,
I just sort of went in that direction.
I guess for advice, I would suggest to get some modeling clay
and sort of hold it in your hand to shape then try to reproduce that shape
in bass wood or soft pine and refine it from there.
when I was shaping the handle on the spindle sander, I kept holding it
and removing wood until it was comfortable to hold.
what I did find that was a game changer for me is to put the little "dish"
for the thumb on the top of the handle. I probably spent more time shape - hold,
shape - hold, shape - hold it until it felt comfortable.
(notice the cut fingernail. I bumped the bandsaw blade TWICE in the same spot
8 days apart. the first time didn't get my attention - the second time definitely got it.
the 1/8" brass rods are available at Home Depot or you can use 1/8" copper grounding wire.
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