Looking for a small knife help

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  1. jsbrend

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    I am finding with my outing that I think it would be helpful to have a small thinner blade to do detail carving work etc. I would like to find a blade that is under 3 inches but it seems that all the knives I look at have a short handle too. I have large hands so I think I need a 4 inch handle at least. I am looking to the group to see if they have any suggestions. I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it so maybe under $100. What has anyone used out there that might fit. Pics would also be helpful.
     
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    Are you thinking like a carving knife?
     
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    Look at the Brusletto Balder thread below...

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    I would suggest you one among those

    Ahti Tikka (1080 steel) ligltly convex edge,
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    http://www.ragweedforge.com/AhtiCatalog.html

    Roselli Bear Claw (UHC steel) flat grind with microbevel,
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    http://www.ragweedforge.com/RoselliCatalog.html

    Svante Djärv 60x17 mm (O2 steel) lightly convex edge; you must specify if you want the sheath,
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    http://www.djarv.se/djarvenglish/slojdknivar.asp
    http://www.djarv.se/djarvenglish/Nya_verktyg_popups/slidknivar_popup.htm

    Antti Mäkinen's vuolupuukko 7 cm (1070 steel) lightly rhombic blade and 10 cm handle.
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    http://www.yp-taonta.fi/Valmiit Puukot/index.html

    Djärv and Mäkinen's ones have handforged blades.
     
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    Also look at the German carving knives on the Woodcraft web site. They are strictly for carving though the way that they're made. In another thread I mentioned that I now use one of those for the majority of my leather cutting also.
     
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    Condor bushcraft basic 2" they list them on amazon. Should be pretty close to what you are looking for...
     
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    Look up nick westermann, his carving knives are some of the best I have ever seen. he doesnt like handling knives, but his blades are stunning.
    http://www.nicwestermann.co.uk/
     
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    Flexcut for a dedicated detail carver...
     
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    Hey,
    This looks sweet:

    http://www.ragweedforge.com/wj-v.jpg

    HIS DESCRIPTION: #WJ-V; The "Carving Knife" is a puukko with a blade about 3" long, 3/4" wide and .130" thick. Again, the 4 1/2" handle is assembled from curly birch and antler with fiber spacers. While it's called a carving knife, the blade shape is well suited for an all around knife. It's only $44, which isn't much for a knife with so much work in the handle.

    The blade is right at 3 inches but the handle is four and a half inches. That seems like plenty of room.
    There are a lot of other knives on his site that seem excellent too. I'm droolin'... :14:
     
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    You can save a lot of money and get a Mora #120 or #122. They carve exceptionally well. For more money, I would recommend checking out Del Stubb's slojd knives at Pinewood Forge. He makes wonderful woodcarving knives that will handle hardwoods quite well. If you want a little longer blade, the Mora #106 is a good one. If you want a bit of a guard, check out the Mora #105.

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    For moras, check out Ragweed Forge.

    Here's a link to Pinewood Forge.
     
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    Stubbs sloyds are exceptional, and everyone ought to experience one (or more) of his tools.

    Hoodoo is right...the Mora 120 or 106 are carvers that are an extraordinary value. The laminated blade is one of the best carvers out of the box that I have ever used. And considering the price an unbelievable package they are. The fat oval handle is perfect for carving, the blade sings.

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    I like the #106 as well...although I'm a little more partial to the non-laminated Eriksson equivalent (center) that I have. That model has been discontinued though.

    I also like the #906 plastic handled version using the same blade as the #106. The small guard makes me feel a bit more comfortable about loaning or gifting them to beginners.

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    I second the vote for the slojd knives from Del Stubbs. He does fantastic work.
     

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