Wood carving tools are made from high-carbon steel. The steel may be drop forged or hammer forged to create the
metal parts of the tool blade, shank, shoulder, and tang. Hammer forging is considered the better method because the
grain structure within the metal is finer and stronger. The cutting blade is then heated to temper and harden it to
optimum hardness. The remaining shank, shoulder, and tang are made softer so they will have more resilience.
Wood carving tools can be purchased handled or un-handled. Factory-made handles from a given manufacturer are
usually all the same shape, varying only in size. It is convenient to have a tool arrive sharpened and
handled. But a handle that is custom-made by the carver is more comfortable to hold. This personal attention
may affect how the woodcarver carves.
The wood carving tool makers listed on this page offer a broad spectrum of tools for amateur and professional woodcarvers.
This Pennsylvania-based carving tool manufacturer features
multi-functional wood carving tools made with flexible blades,
high carbon spring steel edges, and ergonomically designed handles. www.Flexcut.com
Founded in 1937, this New Jersey-based firm is a leader
in quality American made hand tools. The company offers carving
sets, fishtail gouges, mini woodturning sets, miscellaneous tools and
This British firm features a unique combination of traditional
skill, individualized production, quality Sheffield steel, and the needed
technology to produce a wide variety of precision tools with excellent
cutting edges for skilled woodcarvers throughout the world. www.HenryTaylortools.com
This Swiss toolmaker features a wide assortment
of quality wood carving tools. Pfeil collaborates with wood carving educators
and professional woodcarvers around the globe to continually refine
their tool designs. www.PfielTools.ch