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WeekendMiniaturist

https://www.flexcut.com/home/product/fr310-beginners-palm-set

My husband bought a beginners set a while ago and today was the first time that I tried to use these tools.  The tool fits in my hand nicely.  

Admittedly, I was working on cleaning up a pocket cut that I didn't make deep enough, and it was basswood, but I thought I had great control.  

 

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Bill Hudson

Many years ago I bought a set of Flexcut carving knives (not the gouges). When new they cut beautifully.  When I tried sharpening them after a while I found the spring steel they are made from was way too hard to sharpen. I eventually pulled the blades from the handles and re-tempered them to a lower hardness.  They lasted me for several years after that. The real problem with the gouges for me is that the handles are too small for my large hands. 

Bill

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WeekendMiniaturist

I would guess that my hands are definitely smaller, and I finding the perfect handle for my gravers was the reason I turned them on a lathe myself.    I was wondering what would happen when I needed to sharpen them.  My set came with profile for maintenance, which should help me keep them sharp, and hopefully I don't alter the profiles.

https://www.flexcut.com/home/product/pw12-flexcut-slipstrop

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I am glad to learn about an alternative though for sharpening. 

I hope to work on a life size carving in cherry, ie a fan for a highbox, and then if this is satisfactory, I will probably purchase the microset of flexcut carving tools, or I need to sharpen and replace the handles on my dockyard tools.

 

 

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