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The “Swiss Army” family of knives, and their contemporary descendants – the Multi-tools, are a good solution for on-the-go situations. Although these tools can never really be a perfect substitute for the ergonomics and efficiency of the individual tool, their compactness and versatility can provide us with reasonable solutions while away from our shop, on the road, or when we can’t afford to buy too many individual tools. 

While preparing for my up-and-coming online woodcarving class at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts I decided to try a multi-tool for carving and see if I feel comfortable recommending it to my students. As part of the class, I intend to talk about the tools of the trade, and while most of my students will certainly use a traditional carving knife, I thought that it is wise to mention the multi-tool option. Those “Swiss Army” folding pocket knife assortment of blades includes a knife and a few gouges in a narrow spectrum of width and sweeps. 

The most reputable (but also the most expensive) tool in this group is the American-made Flexcut Carvin’ Jack Folding Knife.


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