The Narex Sloyd knife (Sloyd being the Swedish name for Craft) was designed specifically for wood carving, green woodworking and whittling; and they have got it absolutely spot on.
The thin pointed tip of the knife can be used for delicate wood cutting and allows working in tight areas of details. The rounded part of the blade allows cutting in shallow hollow areas (like spatulas and very shallow spoons) and can be used to make rolled, slicing cuts. The convex bevel increases tip strength and continues, correctly, all the way up to and in line with the handle, giving better leverage, much greater control and ultimately more safety.
The ergonomically oval section beech handle narrows and flattens near the blade so you can get your index finger right around the back of it, or pinch it, with a feel for where the blade is going. The butt end or pommel is nicely rounded to fit into the palm when cutting decorative patterns into a surface.
The cutting edge is very sharp making the cuts smooth and shiny, the convex grind is easy to maintain with a strop, or if necessary strips of abrasive pinched in the vice and pulled taut. The back of the blade is a full 2.9mm thick, providing a comfortable width to rest your thumb on, The blade is made of high-carbon steel treated to 62 HRc, which results in a tool that is suitable for both softwood and hardwood.
This whittling knife is created to satisfy the needs of both amateur and professional woodcarvers, it is an absolute joy to work with and would make a perfect gift for anyone that loves wood carving.
- Blade length: 55 mm
- Total length: 185 mm