These rather strange looking curved blades were nearly an extinct tool until the recent renaissance in green- wood working. The wooden table ware (called “Treen”) that they are instrumental in producing has been ubiquitous throughout Europe for millennia, only in recent decades has industrial process allowed ceramic bowls and plates to become truly commonplace at the table. That said, as recently as the 1950’s and 60’s there were still regions of the UK where the Turners could still be found producing green wood wares for everyday use and more commonly on the continent.
The difference between a hook knife being a pleasure and a pain to use is subtle and nuanced, a matter of Geometry and attention to detail.
Firstly, the blade blanks are forged. The steel I am using here contains between 1.1 and 1.2% carbon.
Twca Cam blades
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