When I asked Roger Schroeder, former editor of Woodcarving Illustrated, to recommend a good high-end carving knife, he immediately told me to get hold of Ross Oar's Carver Pocketknife. Folding pocketknives have an important place in the history of American woodcarving. Of course you can't beat the convenience- with a piece of wood and a folding knife, you can carve anywhere.
The Oar Carver Pocketknife feels very solid in the hand. The non-locking blades snap into place with authority. You get the instant feeling that Ross Oar knew exactly what he wanted when he designed the knife. The larger blades are modified Wharncliff patterns with a cutting length of 1 3/4 inches. They are made of tough D-2 steel with an amazing rigidity for such a thin blade. The smaller detail blade on the detail carver is made the same way, just smaller, for finer work.
Note: The knives are shipped with a factory edge. Ross Oar recommends that you sharpen with a medium, then fine, diamond stone before stropping with a rouge-charged strop. Our lapping film and waterstones also do a fine job, though you might find the alloy a little hard for Arkansas stones.
Made in USA using century-old manual processes. The scales are manmade Derlin non-slip, jiggered black cherry wood..
"If you are tired of those fixed-blade knives and wish you could fold your tool and put it in a pocket or a sheath, the Oar Carver Pocket Knife is the definitely the answer... The knife is comfortable to use, so carving for long periods will not present a problem... Designed for woodcarvers of all abilities."
--- Wood Carving Illustrated