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Flexcut is a brand well known and still relatively young compared to a lot of other knife carving companies of it’s kind, but by no means is it to be overlooked. If you’re looking at this particular knife for whittling, you could either be a veteran carver or a beginner since this blade appeals to the masses in it’s quality.
The Flexcut cutting knife specializes in whittling projects. With its high carbon steel blade and out-of-the-box razor sharp edge, it makes cutting wood feel like shaving butter. The hand honed ergonimic ash handles offer a comfortable posture for your hand, even after using it for hours. It features a 1-1/8″ flexible blade making it optimal for medium to small whittling projects. With over 550 customer reviews, it has been given a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Amazon. The product was approved so much that 86% gave it 4 stars or above. You’ll notice the affordable price, which seems pretty odd compared to others of it’s kind. I believe it has to do with the wood the handle is made out of since the blade is good quality, but when the handle is made out of cheaper wood it can cause problems which brings me to the disadvantages.
Like I had mentioned before, the handle is Ash which is a coarse grained light hardwood, this can lead to problems since it is not ideal for this since it isn’t very strong and the blade isn’t a full tang blade. If you were to do heavy cutting with a hardwood it would probably result in the blade itself becoming loose or even completely out of the handle.
What Do I Do If The Blades Comes Loose?
The best actions would be to epoxy it back into place. Even though this is known to happen with this product, all in all it is still a good option considering how affordable it is and the small possible inconvenience.
The Good and Bad
✔ Quality high carbon steel that lasts
✔ Classic and comfortable design
✔ Long edge retention with minimal honing
✔ Razor sharp out-of-the-box
✔ Flexible blades for minor detail cutting
✘ Blade might come loose or come out completely when cutting out large hardwood material
✘ Handle is made of light hardwood, not optimal for a carving knife
✘ May require you to purchase epoxy if blade falls out or comes loose
Overall, I would still use this knife, mainly because I’ve had a number of products with more downsides than a loose blade, and considering the price it’s not bad at all. It is easily manageable for me. If that’s something you think would bother you a lot then look at a couple of other carving and whittling knives. There are plenty to choose from.