The history of carving knives is something that has been traced back to times long before knives were invented. The primary tool of choice for carving and shaping wood was the axe, which we now know as an axe head. The earliest axe heads were made from stone, bone, wood or antler.
These early axe heads were highly resistant to wear and the pressure required to break them down. As woodworking evolved, the uses of the axe changed from the crude to the sophisticated. A lower to mid-range axe made from elm and maple began to replace the high-end axe made from bone and antler.
Other stone artifacts were used for carvings and shaping. The shape of the stone carving knife differed depending on the material being used. The use of stone as a material to shape wood gave rise to the development of special carving knives, with one side being more rounded than the other.
The sides were shaped with the help of tools like hammers and chisels, while the center was well-suited for the stone's natural ability to mold itself. The difference in the center side made a world of difference when the tools that shaped it were considered.
With the right tools, any worker could shape any type of wood. A novice woodworker could cut and shape a huge log without too much problem.
Carvings made from stone took some time to master, but it was well worth the effort. The raw material used to carve was the raw material the world would use. With each piece of stone requiring exact measurements, it was very labor intensive and required a skilled craftsman to complete.
With the right tools and special carving knife, there was no limit to what one could create. The ability to make complicated designs allowed one to work at home. This meant that one could create art at home.
Often times, making designs out of a hard wood required a piece of machinery to be used. Such machines were often handmade. One could purchase these machines from their local hardware store, or even, online.
Carvings could be made that could last for many generations. Their uniqueness was still enjoyed by generations that came after.
Once a person was able to carve a giant log with a hand axe, they could bring the huge log to life in their basement, garage or attic. Carving knives are small and light, allowing one to work quickly. One can carve anything they want to into the log.
With the right tools, one could carve a beautiful piece of furniture or a small set of dishes for the kitchen. Wood carving knives were also used to cut all manner of items into two-by-fours, nails, screws, or even nails. Each item can be shaped into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
With all the wonderful tools, carving knives and forks soon became commonplace in a person's home. No longer were they just decorative items. They were also very useful and, as the machine age advanced, a necessary item.