Today we have some interesting questions from readers about scroll saw issues and problems finding a good upsweep blade knife. Hopefully some of our other knowledgeable readers can provide some input.
1. Phyllis is having a problem with her scroll saw and comments:
“I’m having problems with my scroll blades coming off when I start carving the wood but I’m sure I have them in the slots where they belong and I’m pretty sure I have the tension correct because I listen for the ping after I tighten it.”—Phyllis
Can anyone out there offer Phyllis some advice?
We have another kind comment and question today from Andy who writes:
2. “Hey Bob, first off, I wanted to thank you for starting this blog. It’s a great way to exchange ideas and ask questions. My question is as follows, what is a good quality upsweep knife, that is attainable? I have been looking for one for a while , but so far I have been unsuccessful. Helvie wasn’t selling them this last go around, and I don’t see them made by OCCT or Drake. I know some other knifemakers do them, but I can’t seem to find one. Thanks!”
Thank you for the kind compliment, Andy! I’m glad you’re enjoying reading my blog and are getting something out of it.
Your question is a good one and one that many carvers are struggling with. To the best of my knowledge neither OCCT or Drake make an upsweep knife at this time. I did some research, and although they are rare I was able to locate a couple of upsweep knife makers. I will try to break them down as follows below
Helvie Sweep Knife – Sold in 3 blade sizes by Helvie Knives; Around $33.00. Excellent knife but extremely hard to get.
- Flexcut Pelican Knife #KN18 with a 1 5/8″ blade; Sold by Greg Dorrance Co. $23.76
2. Flexcut Mini Pelican Knife #KN19 with a 7/8″ blade; Sold by Greg Dorrance Co. $23.56
3. Beavercraft C1-Small Whittling Knife with a 2.36″ blade; Sold by Beavercraft…$16.95
4. Knives of the North – Mora knives; these knives have a long gradual upsweep with 3-4″ blades, very high quality, good reputation…around $33.00
5. Deepwoods Ventures – Slim Carver #205F upsweep with 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ blade…$37.98
6. Ramelson Sloyd knife Model #HM-3Y4W-ZWSS, Sold by Woodcraft – Item #166912; 2 7/8″ blade…26.99
So there you have a few, and as you can see there are only a few to choose from when it comes to upsweep knives. The Helvie by far would be my first choice. Then the other others I would consider to be upsweep knives that compare to the Helvie sweep knife are the two Flexcuts, the Beavercraft and the Deepwoods Ventures knives. Although I am aware of some excellent wood carvers who do their work with Mora and Sloyd knives. After all the Scandinavians have been carving with them for centuries!
I hope that helps with choosing the right upsweep knife for you.
If anyone has any other comments, ideas or sources for upsweep knives please send in a comment and let us know! We’ll be happy to hear from you!
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