Whittlers in need of a versatile set that consists of a wide variety of V-tools, gouges, and chisels, will fall in love with this massive set.
This eleven-piece set by Two Cherries comes with much more than just the standard wood carving knives, in fact, it comes with a wide range of chisels and gouges, so the set is perfect for chip carving, relief carving, and whittling. This all-in-one set is a good buy for the beginner in need of a total set that won’t set them back hundreds of dollars.
Our Verdict: This is a wood carving set that carvers of all skill levels can appreciate. It comes loaded with some great chisels, gouges, and carving knives and would be a better buy for the chip carver or whittler as opposed to the beginner in need of tools to use for carving in the round.
Keep reading to learn more about this popular wood carving set by Two Cherries
Overview and Features
This Two Cherries wood carving set is perfect for wood carvers who enjoy whittling projects of all sizes. Unfortunately, the set only comes with a single wood carving knife, which is a smaller chipping knife. The chipping knife is more designed for whittling projects than carving in the round or fine detail work.
This is an eleven-piece wood carving set that comes complete with a sharpening stone and carrying case. The case not only makes it more convenient to transport your wood carving tools but it can also protect them from damage during transport and keeps the blades clean and dust-free.
The blades of each tool feature a sixty-one Rockwell scale rating, which ensures these blades are designed to last. Ideally, you would look for a Rockwell scale rating of fifty-five or higher. This scale is what is used to indicate the hardness of the blades.
Harder steel typically holds an edge much better than softer steel. With a Rockwell scale rating of sixty-one, the blades are less likely to fail or crack.
If you’re new to wood carving, then you may not know that the hardness of the blade is crucial to a knife’s durability and performance. Steel with a higher rating of fifty-eight to sixty-two tells us that the blade can retain its edge for a longer period of time. However, because it’s harder steel it can also be more prone to chipping.
Inside the Box
The carving knife in this set measures in at six and a half inches long, while the chisels are approximately eight inches long.
Inside this package you’ll find:
- Straight chisel-eight millimeter
- Skew chisel-ten millimeter
- Straight gouge-six millimeter
- Straight gouge-eight millimeter
- Straight veining tool-two millimeter
- Small chip knife
- Straight V-tool six millimeter
- Double curve knife
- Sheepsfoot style knife
- Fine skew knife
- Combination waterstone
Often, wood carving for beginners tool sets consist of an assortment of tools the newbie will never use. But Two Cherries got it right by including the three essential types of wood carving tools that users of all skill levels will rely on for every project.
Wood Carving Knife
The set includes a basic carving knife that most avid woodcarvers will use daily, for a wide range of projects. Unfortunately, if you enjoy the carving in the round wood carving technique you’ll need to purchase extra knives. The basic wood chipping knife is not designed for fine detail work but can come in handy for a wide range of wood carving tasks.
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The included gouges are basically chisels with the edge of the tool bent into a curve. These tools are designed to carve out grooves in wood, without any corners from the tool damaging the wood. The gouges serve a few purposes, working to quickly remove any excess wood, allowing the user to precisely carve trenches and grooves. They also allow the user to stop-cut.
The V-tool is also often used to carve grooves, yet it has a couple of straight edges that are joined in the center as opposed to the gouge’s curved profile. Just like the name implies, the V-tools in this kit are designed to cut out V-shaped grooves.
The chisels in this set are fairly basic and can be used for whittling and basic wood carving projects.
Can These Tools Be Used for Fine Detail?
This set includes very basic wood carving tools. For fine detail work, you’ll need to purchase different wood carving knives, as this set only comes with a small chipping knife.
What Type of Wood Carving can You Do with This Set?
This set is more designed for whittling or relief carving. It doesn’t come with any of the tools you’ll need for the carving in the round wood carving technique, or projects that require fine detail.
Is This Set a Good Buy for Beginners?
Yes and no. This will depend on what type of wood carving you plan on pursuing. It is perfect for the beginner whittler or for projects that only require basic wood carving techniques. The R Murphy 7 Piece Complete Shoe Knife Craft Wood Carving Set, is a better option if you’re in need of wood carving tools that can easily handle fine detail and other types of carving in the round style wood projects.
- Carrying case
- Sharpening stone
- High Rockwell rating
- Variety of tools for whittling and relief wood carving
- Handles are comfortable
- Does not come with wood carving knives designed for fine detail work
Conclusion and Rating
This wood carving tool set by Two Cherries features many of the basic tools you’ll use for most types of whittling projects. The higher Rockwell scale rating ensures these blades can withstand heavy, regular use, while the tools themselves feature solid handles that improve grip-ability during use. The included carry case and the sharpening stone are nice extras that make this a well-rounded set designed for beginners. We gave this set a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.