Pfeil Wood Carving Tools

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Pfeil Wood Carving Tools
Pfeil tools are considered among the best. (woodcarving image by Aleksandr Lobanov from

Pfeil wood carving tools, constructed in Switzerland, are rated among the highest by woodworkers all over the world. They are built to exacting specifications and come in over 300 varieties and sizes, and are thus suited to jobs from the most detailed to larger works. The tools are found in both regular styles of chisels and gouges and speciality styles, like fishtail gouges and dogleg chisels. In addition to the virtues of the tools themselves, each tool is stamped with a code for easy identification (and proper storing), showing the tool's style and width.

Chisels and Shallow Gouges

Among the most basic of the woodworker's tools, chisels and shallow gouges range in size from 2mm width up to 35mm width. The handle sizes increase proportionally with the width. The blades are straight, with the shallow gouges featuring a slight curve in the end of the chisel.

V-Parting Tools

V-parting tools have a V-shaped blade that is available in five different angles, from a 90-degree down to 35 degrees, allowing you a variety of different cuts. You can also get a sharp-V tip or a rounded-V for a softer angle.

Longbent Gouge

A longbent gouge is similar to a shallow gouge. The blade has a slight U-shape at the edge, but the blade is also curved and displays a spoonlike shape. It is useful for deep takeaways.


Sweeps come in increasingly steep U-shaped and V-shaped styles. In general, the higher the number, the deeper the cut. The U-shaped sweeps run from #1 (flattest) to #11; the V-shaped begin at #12; and #23 through #28 feature speciality shapes such as a curved V-shape.

Speciality Tools

Pfeil offers some odd-shaped tools that have specialised uses. A fishtail gouge has a bigger edge than shaft, and is good for cutting in tight spaces. A dogleg chisel has an L-shaped angle that helps you reach around corners.

Other Lines

Some other tool lines are carvers for linoleum or woodblock prints. These have short, sharp shafts mounted on a piece of carved wood shaped like a bureau handle, allowing both pressure and precision. Violin maker tools and knives are fashioned to very precise tolerances for use by instrument crafters.

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