Crooked Knife Specifications and Pricing
Here are the profiles of the blades we make. Buy a blade and assemble your own knife or choose a ready-to-carve tool. These blades have nice flowing lines without hard spots. All "standard" blades are flat on their bottom, beveled edge to left. The X series have their bevels to the outside of the curves. The bends shown are approximate.
Note: The E blade is relatively straight up to the bend area. To make the blade more functional throughout its length, it exits the haft with a slight bend. For the purposes of the drawings, this approximate 3 degree bend is not shown. Also, the #4 blade has been discontinued.
The micro blades (8,9 and 10) are sweet little flakes of steel for "surgical" wood removal. These are difficult blades to make. Keep razor sharp and cut, do not pry! These blades are perfect for 2-D work in cedar.
When you first get your crooked knife, you may want to mark the blade number on the underside of the haft with a wood burner. This will identify the knife without having to remove the hose guard. Add an owner's mark as well.
Specs & Prices
These prices are subject to change (prices in chart below are not current). Right now we charge $75 for a crooked knife blade, and $100 for a complete knife.
Reverse-bevel Crooked Knives
Years ago we made some reverse-bevel knives for Rick Beasley, a fine artist of Tlingit heritage. I made a reverse knife for myself at the same time but never quite gave it a chance until Steve Brown came to help on the shop frontal pole and started singing the praises of his reverse-bevel knife. I brought out my old reverse-bevel no-so-crooked knife and tried it out. I don't know how I could have gotten by without it, especially carving the background areas on this pole. Reversing the bevel gives in essence a narrower blade, which can improve performance by making tighter radii without chatter. The angle of the knife's approach is at a tilt of about 15° off flat. This means it is better at reaching into tight spaces. For backgrounding on a pole, the A/X B/X not-so-crookeds are superb. In spite of all this praise, I do not recommend you complicate your life unnecessarily. These tools are more difficult to control than the standard tools. Most carvers still use inside bevel tools for 90% of their carving.