Denker’s rotary planing and cutting head fits any rotary tool that will hold its ¼” shank, whether it be a router, a rotary tool, a spiral cutter, or tool with a flex shaft.
Made in the USA and hardened to 62 RHC, Denker claims the cutter can slice through tough hardwoods even if it’s green or has burls. They design the head to cut one chip every revolution, and it rides the surface of the wood to help guide the cut. It will cut a little or a lot of material depending on how you hold it against the wood.
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I’m not full-hog into carving like Sean; I’ve whittled a piece of wood or two over the years and never really got into the hobby, but watching the video of the Denker hand shave in action makes carving with the tool look like a lot of fun.
Able to cut the toughest hardwood — knots, end grain, and all — the shave’s 62 RHC hardened steel tubular cutters can either quickly remove a lot of wood, or just slivers at a time depending on how you use it. Held in either your left or right hand, the tool is more controllable then pushing a chisel or gouge.
Made in the USA, this hand shave will run you $70.
Apparently made for Woodcraft by Pfeil, this modern version of a old carving tool has both convex and concave edges that meet at a point. You’d use the 7-1/2″ tool for carving details in hard-to-reach places.
Pfeil uses high-grade, hardened steel which they grind and polish to form the razor sharp edges. They finish the octagonal Acadia handle with a natural oil.
Available with blades of 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4″, all versions sell for $40. Shipping a $20 to $40 item from Woodcraft will run you $9, but as you buy more shipping gets more reasonable.
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