Are you looking for a good hook knife? The Flexcut KNL26 Left-Handed Hook Knife may be the knife that you want in your tool kit, to help you remove stock very fast, (according to your skill level). The type of knife that you choose can greatly influence the quality of your work. 

A hook knife is an old tool, that has been used by many for the longest time. This knife, in particular, is designed for left-handed carvers. With this knife, you cut towards yourself, unlike with the right-handed tool where you cut away from yourself. This knife offers left-handed carvers, the unique cutting edge that is lacking with general cutting tools.

Aesthetics

The blade looks a lot like a gouge. It is curved and has a hook-like shaped handle. The knife is made like most of Flexcut’s knives, with a light brown handle and dark-colored carbon steel blade. The knife’s handle is made of ashwood. It is a naturally light-colored wood, that has a straight grain. 

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The grain comes through nicely and makes for a smooth looking knife. It is smooth to the touch, polished, and protected from wear and tear. You will also not be able to miss the flex cut logo in big red letters. 

The handle also has a wavy design, which makes it feel more comfortable in the hand. Comfort is key if you are to carve more precisely and come out with a product that you are happy with. The design compliments efficiency and does this very well.

Performance Review

The KNL26 left-handed hook knife is very sharp. It is made of high carbon steel which is generally known for its durability and precision sharp edges. Flexcut makes sure that the blade is properly hardened and sharpened to help you get the best hollow cuts. 

Safety

When using a left-handed hook knife, you pull the stock towards yourself. When you do this, make sure to keep your fingers out of harm’s way. You can pivot the blade on the wood and then wear a whittling glove on the other hand to avoid injuries. The blades come already sharpened so care needs to be taken.

Who is this product ideal for?

This knife is ideal for all level users. But as with any other tools from Flexcut, you want to make sure that you at least have a rough idea of how to use the knife, otherwise, it is a waste of a great tool. It is a knife that you can learn on and still grow with.

Pros

  • It is versatile
  • It has a protective sheath
  • The blade comes ready to use
  • It is durable
  • It easily fits in your hand

Cons

  • Some users complain about the blade coming loose after some time

Our Verdict

The KNL26 left-handed hook knife makes removing stock and carving out hollows, an absolute breeze. Make sure that you keep the knife sharpened properly so that you can get the best from your tools. 

The sharper the blade, the easier it will be to carve out the shapes you want. Flexcut makes a quality knife in this blade and it is worth the money. Build your whittling kit and make sure that you have the right knife for the job. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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