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Having already reviewed the locked blade whittling knife by Flexcut, I thought it’d be a good idea to go over the folding Flexcut Whittlin Jack knife since it, much like the fixed blade, is a good alternative for a beginning wood carver. With over 50 customer reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating, it definitely deserves its reputable credibility. This flexcut whittlin jack sitting at 3 ounces is especially unique with it’s aluminum frame and veneer inlay stretching 4″ from base to top that shields 2 blades: a 1-1/2″ detail knife and a 2″ roughing knife.
Best Product Features
There are a number of well appreciated assets to this knife that I believe many wood carvers would commonly agree on so I’ll throw the best features into bullet points for this review:
- Very sharp – After looking at the comfortable structure of the handle itself, I moved into the sharpness and edge retention of the blade. Right out of the box it is scary sharp and honestly unless you chip this blade, you’ll only really need is stropping compound to keep this sucker wicked sharp. With a roughing knife that’s approximately 2″ and a detail knife at 1-1/2″ any carver would admit to its convenience.
- Ideal handle shape – From tip to tip, when closed, the aluminum handle is 4″ making it very easy to carry around in a pocket or not take up much room in a bag. The added design with the veneer inlay is a nice touch on top of the fact that the slight bow structure of the knife creates a comfortable hold for extended carving periods.
- Lightweight – Weighing in at just 3 ounces anyone can see that this product is meant to be carried around with you for outdoor wood carving endeavors.
- Long edge retention – I enjoyed this quality since getting out sharpening tools can be tedious and even more so if it takes more time than usual to sharpen your tools. That’s not that case with this whittling jack, although I will recommend using the Flexcut Gold stropping compound to keep it sharp every 30 minutes of carving.