Are you thinking about getting the Flexcut KN19 Mini pelican knife, and wondering what you need to be on the lookout for? Perhaps you have just bought a knife set that includes the mini pelican and you want to know what you can use it for. 

The art of wood carving needs the right type of tools. Knowing what to but and why it will work for your project will help you get the desired result faster. It also helps to have a clear idea of what you want to work on. 

This will also help you get the right type of tools. Some blades are too bulky and long and will not do you much good as a detailing knife. The would simply get in the way of carving fine details into a piece of wood. At the same time, if you want to carve out small geometric patterns, then you want to make sure that you have the right knife for the job. 

Flexcut KN19

A pelican knife is usually used for carving shapes out of wood in hollow spaces, but at the same time, it slices wood off a  block in the same way that a skew knife works. The KN19 mini pelican knife, on the other hand, has a considerably smaller blade than the pelican knife. 

This means that it will not slice off as much wood in the same amount of time. But it also means that you can get into tighter spaces with it. Its thin and shorter blade sees to this. Just like the pelican knife, it has a curved and much thinner blade. 

It can slice clean accurate slices just like a skew knife. The small blade, however, can mean that you will take longer to carve through a block of wood. Let’s take a look at some of the features that you can expect on the mini pelican knife.

Aesthetics

The Flexcut KN19 mini pelican knife looks like a small version of the pelican knife. The blade is curved, just like with the KN18. The difference is that this blade is extremely thin and is a glistening silver. 

It is very pointy and has a small handle as well in comparison to the other knives. Like other flex cut knives, this blade is made of quality high carbon steel, meaning that the clean look that you get on the blade when you first take it out of the box, will remain that way, as long as you maintain it. 

Flexcut KN19 Mini-Pelican Knife

The handle is made from ashwood. It has an ergonomic design and a hook-like shape at the tail end of the knife. This is more about functionality than it is about the looks. The handle also has multiple contact points. 

Ashwood is known for its light beige color which makes for a good looking piece of wood. A lot of modern furniture uses ashwood for a natural hue of beige. It has a clean look and the straight grain comes through beautifully. 

The handle is carved to perfection and has the flex cut logo bang smack across it in red, which is hard to ignore. The knife has an overall length of about 5-1/4 inches whilst the blade bevel length is 7/8 inches.

Performance Review

The Flexcut KN19 mini pelican knife has a lot going for it when it comes to carving in tight spaces. The KN19 knife offers you clean slices, regardless of the wood, thanks to the durable blade that is made of carbon steel. 

When you need to do any sort of fine cutting, this knife gives you the lowest resistance. You get a tight turning radius thanks to the narrow point on this knife. The blade is fully honed and is ready to be used right out of the box. 

The handle has many contact points which are made to allow you to hold the knife, comfortably and also in any direction. Your hands will thank you for this. You will find that this will give you more control over your work. 

The blade and handle make a great combination for a knife that is good at intricate detail carving. The small pointy tip sees to it that this is an effective knife when it comes to this.

Safety

The Flexcut KN19 mini pelican knife has a flexible blade, which comes already sharpened and ready for use. Whilst this is a great thing it also means that you will need to be extra careful not to cut yourself. 

This also cascades down to the way that you will be holding the wood. You can use your thumb, to push the blade forward as you slice through. 

Make sure that you have a good rip on it and that there is no chance of it slipping. The mini pelican knife is great for fine carving which also means that you will need to make sure that you are in a sober state of mind when you are working on it. 

The ultra-thin blade is made to reach even some of the tightest of corners, and if you want to get the desired result, you will need to make sure that you are fully focused on the task at hand. This will also keep you from injuring yourself. 

You can help prevent injury, by wearing whittling gloves that will protect your hands as you work. If you are still new to whittling, it wouldn’t hurt to get an extra lesson or two on safe cutting practices.

Who is this product ideal for?

The mini pelican knife is super easy to use. Whilst this makes it a good knife for beginners, it is also great for advanced users. This means that you can grow in skill level with the same mini pelican knife.

Pros

  • It is durable
  • It is flexible
  • It has a good turning radius. 
  • It is great for fine cutting

Cons

  • It does not have a sheath for the blade so you will need to be very careful if you will be carrying it around.

Our Verdict

We like the KN19, mini pelican knife because it is durable and has an excellent turning radius. This helps you carve in smaller hollow spaces, a breeze. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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