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captdirt
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Joined: Sep 18, 2013
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From: Turlock, Ca
Posted: 2013-10-05 11:08 am   Permalink

Did a search and came up empty. Anybody have experience with these tools. They get good reviews on woodworking forums. I'm getting ready to buy a decent set of tools these came up along with Flex Cut.

http://www.mastercarver.com/20-tool-sculpture-set-roll/

Thanks, tom


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ukutiki
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Joined: Feb 25, 2009
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2013-10-05 11:27 am   Permalink

I'm a rank amateur but have used flex-steel and like them. Can't comment on price. You might want to check around to see if they can be found a a lower price.

 
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ukutiki
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2013-10-05 11:30 am   Permalink

i meant flexcut

 
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
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From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2013-10-05 4:46 pm   Permalink

I've never heard of them, but they're made in China with Chinese steel, so that tells you a lot.

IMO, you don't need 20 chisels. I own ten, and only use 4 or 5 regularly. I would take that $200 and buy a few known-quality pieces.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2013-10-05 5:03 pm   Permalink

I'd have to agree with 4WD on those Chinese ones. All I've ever really needed was the combo of the Flexcut starters set and Sculptor's mallet set. Those two would probably run around $300 or less.

Or, go all in and grab one of these:
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2003004/27388/pfeil-Swiss-made-Brienz-Collection-Full-Size-Carving-Tool-Set-25-piece.aspx

that's what I'm saving up for.

Buzzy Out!


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captdirt
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Joined: Sep 18, 2013
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From: Turlock, Ca
Posted: 2013-10-05 6:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the advice. Ordered these from Amazon for $140.

http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/4831-FLEXCUT-POWER-HANDLE-SET-9-PC-DELUXE-LH100.html



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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-10-05 7:42 pm   Permalink

good tools ain't cheap,

and cheap tools ain't good....


 
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2013-10-07 06:12 am   Permalink

Don't forget this once you've got the tools. No wood is harder than a sharp chisel!

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2020262/42616/tormek-t7-ultimate-kit.aspx

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DHTiki
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From: Sunny Phoenix
Posted: 2013-10-07 09:26 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-10-05 18:31, captdirt wrote:
Thanks for the advice. Ordered these from Amazon for $140.

http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/4831-FLEXCUT-POWER-HANDLE-SET-9-PC-DELUXE-LH100.html





Will those hold up to a mallet? I was wondering about which set to get - the one above or this mallet starter kit:

http://amzn.com/B001UYUVQ8

Any input?

Cheers!



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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-10-07 10:50 am   Permalink

I've been beating on my flexcuts for a couple years now & haven't broken one...

and from what I understand, if you DO break one, they'll send you a free replacement with no questions asked,,,


 
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TheBigT
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Joined: Feb 27, 2006
Posts: 1248
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 2013-10-07 10:55 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-10-07 09:26, DHTiki wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-10-05 18:31, captdirt wrote:
Thanks for the advice. Ordered these from Amazon for $140.

http://www.thewoodcraftshop.com/store/p/4831-FLEXCUT-POWER-HANDLE-SET-9-PC-DELUXE-LH100.html





Will those hold up to a mallet? I was wondering about which set to get - the one above or this mallet starter kit:

http://amzn.com/B001UYUVQ8

Any input?

Cheers!




Good question. I'm not sure on that. The "sculptors" set should hold up to a mallet. These "power handle" ones might. The normal flex cut chisels WONT. The blade will break off at the handle. The blade is much skinnier right where it goes into the handle. I've broken two #3 gouges so far. I made my own handle for the part that snapped off and that one never broke again.


 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2013-10-07 11:04 am   Permalink

I've broken 2 from the Flexcut sculptors set, and had no issues with getting replacements. Their CS is quick and helpful. However - I do feel the need to upgrade. Someday I'll get the set that Buzzy showed!

[ This Message was edited by: AlohaStation 2013-10-07 11:05 ]


 
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pjc5150
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2013-10-07 11:38 am   Permalink

yeah, no shit... that set of Pfeils is pure TIKI CARVER PORN!!!

Lol...


 
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captdirt
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Joined: Sep 18, 2013
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From: Turlock, Ca
Posted: 2013-10-07 3:56 pm   Permalink

Flexcut website says the power handles will stand "light mallet work". I imagine that is open to interpretation. They gotta be way better than the junk I have now. Just gotta learn which one to use where.

 
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amate
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Posted: 2013-10-07 5:19 pm   Permalink

I lot will depend on what type of wood you are carving. If you are carving seasoned hardwood, your chisels and mallet will both take a pounding. (not to mention your shoulder). tools designed for "light mallet work" are not going to hold up. As Aloha mentioned, better learn to sharpen your tools. That helps.

 
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