A better location

I am preferring this symmetry across the doors. Now to keep an eye out for some other suitable items.

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Hock Carving Knives

Ron Hock has long been renowned for producing superior blades for planes, and his approach is based on a strong understanding of the metallurgy involved in producing high quality steel that is specifically suited to the purpose of plane blades.

But what is interesting to know, is producing high-carbon steel blades is not where he started.  It was making knives, and it came to be that his knowledge of steel lead him into focusing on plane blades.

It sounds like it was a long time coming then, but Ron has (finally) returned to where he started, and has released a set of carving knives that incorporate his high-carbon Rc62 blades in a Bubinga handle. These knives just make you want to take up carving (if you don’t already!) They are visually aesthetically pleasing, and you know beyond any doubt that they have the best possible steel blades incorporated into them.

Hock Carving Knives

Hock Carving Knives

This set has been sourced from Professional Woodworkers Supplies, and they can be purchased individually, or as a set of 5.

The knife range

The knife range

From left to right, they are:

1.25″ Stab Carving Knife (32mm Angled) High Carbon Steel
1.25″ Carving Knife (32mm Straight) High Carbon Steel
1.25″ Detail Knife (32mm Fine Point) High Carbon Steel
1″ Chip Carving Knife (25mm Offset) High Carbon Steel
1″ Carving Knife (25mm Straight) High Carbon Steel

Did I mention they are sharp?!

Blade Cover

Blade Cover

Speaking of which, each comes fitted with a piece of plastic tubing, which makes a good blade cover, to protect the blade if it happens to fall on the floor (and yourself if you do something silly (unless you happen to be using that particular blade at the time, but I guess that goes without saying….))

So if you are already a carver (or are interested in giving it a try), these knives are certainly worth having a good look at. (And they won’t break the bank).

Hock Carving Knives

Hock Carving Knives

And as an aside, if you have not heard of Hock Blades before, here are a couple of his YouTube videos, which are definitely worth watching.

Dado Blades

I’ve been running the Battle of the Dado Blades, (and yes I know it is taking longer than it should of to get the results out – sorry).

Been processing the results from the first blade, and I’m rather perplexed about them, so a little more research is going to be required to try to find the source of the defects in the cuts that I am observing.

One of the chipping blades is definitely oversized, but the groove it is cutting is significantly deeper than the oversize.  More research required.  I also originally didn’t think that the degree of runout was important for dado blades, but Ive been thinking about it, and have decided that it does have an impact – not on the quality of the finish (after all it doesn’t matter for a dado if the finish isn’t silky smooth), but it will affect the size of the ‘kerf’ and that will influence joint tightness.  Therefore the amount of runout has a definite impact on the choice of chippers and spacers to get a tight joint.

Episode 41 Wetstone Jigs and Stone Dressing

Episode 41 Wetstone Jigs and Stone Dressing

The wetstone sharpeners are just one part of the system – the jigs that are available make it a very versatile machine.  This video covers both some of the jigs that are available, as well as dressing the stone, so it is flat and parallel to the jig support arm.

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