How to Choose Whittling Knives for Beginners?

how to choose a whittling knife

In any craft, there are tools that are optional and those you can’t work without. If you are into wood design, beginner or professional, one basic tool you can’t really escape is a whittling knife.

Therefore, a whittling knife purchase is a very important decision for any wood carving workshop. So today I made a list of high-quality products you might want to consider before making your final choice. Let’s check them out!

The Whittling Knife

Perhaps because in whittling we also engage in transforming wood chunks into beautiful designs, people tend to confuse it with wood carving. In truth, while whittling only needs one type of tool, and that is a whittling knife, wood carving requires many more types of tools. 

But in any case, there is no doubt – if you are up for some wood carving, you really need a good knife. 

Good Whittling Knives: A Short Guide For Beginners 

What do I mean by a “good whittling knife for beginners”? When choosing knives for their workshops, most of the experienced woodcarvers, including me, take into consideration the knife’s sharpness, comfortability, durability, and, of course, price. Regarding the price, items in this selection are generally affordable, and additionally, they are currently at a discount, all around $16.95. So just be sure to count in the delivery costs, and you’re getting a great tool for a very reasonable price.

Sometimes, young people who come to my workshops are worried about the fact that they are lefthanded – will the knives be suitable for them as well? Luckily, the whittling knives, as the majority of woodcarving tools, are suitable for any dominant hand, so no worries about that.

Best Whittling Knife Kits for Beginners in 2021

Today I want to focus on some nice and simple products, which you might want to have in your hands if you are only starting your woodcarving practice. Of course, if you are an experienced carver and you just wanted to check out options for refreshing your tools collection, be my guest! As always, I am more than willing to share my impressions with anyone interested, regardless of the skill level.

BeaverCraft C7 – Small Detail Wood Carving Knife

C7 – Small Detail Wood Carving Knife


  • Total length – 160 mm (6.3 inches)
  • Length of the cutting edge – 40 mm (1.57 inches)
  • Handle length – 105 mm (4.13 inches)
  • Handle material – Ashwood
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This simple tool will be useful for so many activities: whittling, carving, woodwork, handicrafts – you name it. The blade is very strong and durable and will slide through the hardest of woods with ease. The handle is made of fine ashwood, and the small but sharp blade is perfect for detailed chiseling of your woodwork.

Also, what is quite important, due to its design and being scaled-down, it is also suitable for shaping hollow areas. 

Check it out here: C15 – Detail Wood Carving…


BeaverCraft C17P – Universal Detail Pro Knife (Palm Handle)

C17P – Universal Detail Pro Knife (Palm Handle)


  • Versatile Detail Knife for Wide Range of Projects
  • For All Types of Wood
  • Holds the Edge & Easy to Hone
  • Comes Ready to Use out of the Box
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This piece of tool is especially convenient for working out hollow designs. It’s because the special shape of its elongated and curved blade is designed to easily access rounded areas. The handle is very nice, as it is made of palmwood, and comes with a special shape that reduces hand fatigue.

On the other hand, the steel blade is high-carbon, which means it is very strong and you won’t need to sharpen it too often. It is suitable for cutting both hard and soft wood. The price is the same as the previous one. 

All in all, a beautiful piece of tool for both beginners and professionals. For more details, check this link: C17P – Universal Detail…


BeaverCraft C16 – Big Roughing Knife

C16 – Big Roughing Knife


  • For All Types of Wood
  • Razor-Sharp Out of the Box
  • Ergonomic Handle Allows No Hand Fatigue
  • For Wide Range of Projects
SKU: C16 Categories: ,
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This simple knife is made for discharging larger pieces of wood. The one-sided, wide blade as well as the handle made of firm ashwood, speak in favor of a strong and stable whittling knife. The blade is very sharp and works in all types of wood. 

Nice and simple, there is no mistake with this one. For more details, see: C16 – Big Roughing Knife


BeaverCraft C6 – Chip Carving Knife

C6 – Chip Carving Knife


  • Total length – 155 mm (6.10 inches)
  • Length of the cutting edge – 25 mm (1 inch)
  • Handle length – 120 mm (4.72 inches)
  • Handle material – Ashwood
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You will recognize the chip carving knife by a short, bent blade. Perfect for creating peculiar shapes, such as triangles, squares, letters, and similar. Its blade is strong and will stay sharp for quite a long time. Besides, the ergonomic design of the ashwood handle is there to reduce fatigue after long hours of carving. 

Find additional details and order here: C6 – Chip Carving Knife

To Sum Up

Behind every successful woodcarver, there is a good whittling knife. It is absolutely a must-have in our specialty. And since there are so many types of knives and brands on the markets, it can sometimes be hard to pick the best one. For that reason, in the woodcarving community, we like to share opinions and impressions about our tools. However, remember, practice is the best teacher. You have to take it in your hand and start cutting and figure out which one works best for the shapes and designs you want to make.

6 thoughts on “How to Choose Whittling Knives for Beginners?

  1. T. J. Baughman says:

    I am 78 years old and have carried a pocket knife every day for at least 70 years. I like to whittle but age has caught up to me. I have what is nick-named “trigger finger”, a finger that locks in the closed position when I tightly grip a small diameter handle. I have successfully used a knife with a handle similar to your C7 knife. I would like to find a knife with a C7 style handle and a C16 style blade. The blade length would fall between 1 3/8 inch and 1 3/4inch. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • BeaverCraft Team
      BC Team says:

      Thanks for your comment, Howard. Glad that you love woodcarving.

      Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to assist you!

      Best regards,
      BeaverCraft support team

    • BeaverCraft Team
      BC Team says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for your question. No, our knives are not full tang.

      Feel free to ask any questions and have a nice day!

      Best regards,
      BeaverCraft support team

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