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best knife for pumpkin carving

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Neomentat, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Neomentat


    Jun 18, 2006
    I'm thinking an Endura will be good, but the blade may still be a little too wide. What's the best folder for pumpkin carving?
  2. Akapennypincher


    Sep 12, 2013

    Honestly if you want to create art in Pumpkin carving, a small knife is key, and a few other size to complete you arsenal of tools for the job. JMHO.
  3. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    This is so stupid to say being that I am a knife nut and this is a knife forum, but......I use the dumb little serrated but not sharp carving knife you can get at any store this time of year. Works great for the simple stuff we do every October. Okay, let the shame begin.....
  4. ellipticus


    Jan 21, 2013
    Any slimline trapper would be good...
  5. Sasuke13Uchiha


    Jun 8, 2014
    spyderco dragonfly
  6. tchapman414


    Jan 9, 2014
    A Kershaw Leek may do well considering its thin blade, profile, and acute tip.
  7. Glockcubed


    Sep 20, 2014
    A Hinderer Eklipse will do the job;)
  8. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Leek is a good choice, as is the Spyderco Stretch. I've also used the Spyderco Centofante 3, with a 2mm thick blade it does a very good job.
  9. crom


    Mar 29, 2007
    Good old fashioned trapper pattern. 3mm and thicker is no good
  10. payton206


    Jan 22, 2014
    I prefer serrated
  11. smith357


    Feb 19, 2005
    A birds beak paring knife.

  12. Sasuke13Uchiha


    Jun 8, 2014
    spyderco dragonfly
  13. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    I have a full flat grind kitchen knife (slicer) that works sort of well. It's too thin though, bends in tough spots. But anything with a taper grind will wedge in my experience. Thin and flat seems to work, serrations helps too.
  14. Bellasdaddy


    Oct 19, 2008
    I know you stated folder but a grapefruit knife works great.
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Just about any kitchen paring knife that has a stiff blade should work just fine. That's what I would use. You just want something that can do fairly precise cuts which to me means a more thin blade.
  16. collim1


    Aug 14, 2014
    No shame. Sharpness doesn't matter when the blade binds in the material its cutting. I use the little orange pumpkin saws that come in the kits for removing the large pieces, and use a fillet knife for detail work. Have yet to find a folding knife or kitchen knife that doesn't bind up. Believe me I have tried. Took a while for me to figure out that surface area and blade geometry are the key to success, not sharpness.

    Just my experience after carving 3-5 pumpkins a year for quite a few years.
  17. Yalius

    Yalius Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    You're going to be making curves and want very slow, controlled cuts with as little pressure as you can manage. The narrowest, thinnest serrated blade you can get is your best bet. The serrated blade on a Leatherman is what I've used.
  18. matus


    Apr 24, 2009
    This is what Japanese chefs use for that - Mukimono knife ;)


    I would take a narrow and thin blade - something like Kershaw Leek, Opinel or simply a small paring knife.
  19. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I used both a Military and a Atl. Salt last year. the dlc on the military wouldn't let the blade cut smoothly but I'm sure a satin would would just fine. I'm probably going to stick with the small little orange handled ones that come in the carving sets. Though being a knife nut I would still rather use my own blade


  20. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    You know. I never even pondered the idea as I have a pumpkin carving kit and a few old kitchen Knives I use every year...

    If I would have to go that route though, I would take a full serrated spyderco salt and a buck silver creek. And maybe add in a cheap Schrade tanto tip for thinning the walls for effects. I could make a pretty mean pumpkin with that trio right there.

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