Most woodcarvers will have their go-to toolset. I have a few of them. That does not stop me from keeping a keen eye out for some that I could add to my workshop. It is with that keen eye that I came across the Xacto x5179 Wood Carving Toolset.
Being the proud owner of other tools from this brand meant that I wasn’t shooting into the wind. I knew what sort of quality I could expect from them.
If you are wondering whether to get the Xacto x5179 Wood Carving Toolset, here is what you can expect from it.
- They appear very lightweight
- Multiple cutting functions
- The handle is hardwood hence durable
- Blades made from forged steel
- Knives are not too big or too small, perfect size for most people.
- There is no carry case
- No sharpening tools
- The grip may be slippery
This set of knives comes with a wooden handle that has a lovely pale brown finish. The knives are silver, not painted, and all about the same size.
The entire knife is about big enough for someone with regular size hands to operate efficiently. These knives are not the Ferrari of the wood cutting world, but they are more suited to amateurs such as students or people looking to start a new hobby.
There are six blades in the set, and they are all forged steel that comes as a silver color. They come with the blades to perform groove cuts, relief cuts, and to shape wood. They are adequately sized for anyone to perform accurately and incise cuts on wood. It is a good tool for the more precise cuts one may need to use.
It has a wooden handle that has a very calming pale brown color. The handle shape is not anything fancy or advanced, it also may become slippery if your hands become sweaty. These would look good as a gift for someone interested in learning wood carving as a skill. It would also look good for someone who enjoys the hobby but overall, it is a basic handle.
Who is this for?
It is an entry-level product that would be useful for small-time woodcarvers i.e. people who do it as a hobby. It would also be useful for beginner students in wood carving school. Schools running such classes might think of buying these for their students.
The forged steel blades are made from the manufacturers X-ACTO blade and apparently have a high precision and durability. The handle is made from hardwood and is not likely to give you any problems for quite a long time. These are not heavy-duty wood cutters so the knives should be secure.
Are there any included? There is none of the common accessories that come with wood carving knives. A positive inclusion would have been a carry case, it is possible that students may easily lose knives. It is also lacking a sharpening tool which would have been helpful in the long run when knives begin to lose their sharpness.
Yay or Nay
In the end, it all comes down to whether I would buy it. If I was a student in a woodworking class and needed to design something for a project, I would consider these. They are very affordable compared to many other options. They are light and not a hassle to carry around with you.
They are, however, not for professionals and come with very little accessories. Hence, I would buy it if I needed them temporarily or start learning but as you get better you will need a much more professional set of knives.