May 13, 2020

Flexcut KN30 Hip Knife Review [UPDATED]

If you are looking for a portable knife, the Flexcut KN30 Hip knife is excellent. The handy tool is named after the sheath that attaches to your hip. It is nimble and efficient, with a handle and one blade. It’s an excellent knife for woodcarvers on the go. 

The ergonomic handle made from ash wood is long enough to fit and be carved and comfortable. This makes it easier to carve for longer periods. When you buy this set, it comes with the KN12 leather sheath, which means you can carry more than your KN30. The sheath fits very close to the knife and clips too close to keep the knife tucked away as you move about. You will not need to sharpen it before you start using it. It is already sharpened to use it straight out of the packet. This is a very versatile carving knife that is great for fine cutting amongst many projects.

Flexcut KN30 Hip Knife and its leather case


The Flexcut KN30 is a woodcarver’s dream come true. It is a good-looking knife, with an elegant design. The color and design are wooden and are quite nice looking. The manufacturer branding spans across the entire handle, reminding you of the quality you are getting. 

Brand new Flexcut KN30 Hip Knife

The handle on this knife has a smooth finish and ash handle, varnished to perfection. The blade’s sides have been hand polished to give a lovely look. It is very appealing and also has a great feel in hand. 

This blade comes in a good-looking leather sheath that will last quite a while. After all, leather is known for its outstanding attributes of lasting the course. The sheath, just like the knife itself, has the flex cut logo imprinted on it. 

It also has a metal clip that will attach to virtually any belt. The stitching on the sheath is rugged and looks great as it compliments the leather perfectly.

Performance Review

It is a high-carbon steel blade that can carve through any wood. It is fixed to the handle and sharpened to a razor’s edge. This feature you want in a portable knife because you are not always sure what type of wood you will get. 

You can carve a variety of items with this bit of handy tool. The blades are precision machined and heat-treated. This helps keep them sharp.  Like other Flexcut knives, this knife is ready to use right out of the packet. 

The design and construction of the knife allow you to use it for long periods without fatigue. This knife holds its edge pretty well. It makes clean cuts, which comes in handy, especially when carving fine details.

This knife will give you excellent push, sliding, and curved action. It will help you shape your carving with great detail and precision.


It comes with a leather sheath which will help you make sure it doesn’t get lost, but it will also help you keep your fingers safe. The sheath’s metal clip helps keep the sheath and knife safely attached to your hip. 

The great thing about this sheath is that it is not just for the KN30. It will also fit any regular flex cut knives. Which means you can always keep them and yourself safe. 

Your knife will be safe from the weather and anything that can potentially damage it. As is the same with flex cuts other knives, this one is not for sale to people under 18 in the UK. This is a necessary law that would do well to be put in place globally. 

It is important to cut it away from you when using this blade. Using both hands on the knife and using your thumb and index finger to control the knife, you can easily slice away. 

Flexcuts knives come ready to use, which also means they are already well sharpened. When you make a normal push cut, you need to use your other hand as a pivot point to push the carvings away. You can also make use of a thumb guard. 

If you prefer to peel the wood towards you, make sure that you do so with your thumb. You can also use a glove meant for woodcarvers. If you decide to use a regular pair, make sure that you wear one that will help you maintain the natural feel of the wood and help you control it.

Who is this product ideal for?

It is labeled as the number one Carving knife for beginners. If you’re an experienced woodcarver, don’t let it being great for beginners scare you away. It is essential to know your skill level and be honest with yourself. This way, you will get the help you need from the retailer or the salesperson. 

You can still get excellent detail from this knife. Remember that no matter how great a tool is, you still need to know how to use it, And so whether you are a beginner, intermediate or skilled worker, this knife will work well for you.

Our Verdict

This is a necessary carving knife to have in your collection. It’s a great-looking knife that has a strong blade. It is suitable for beginners. You can also have someone you teach using the knife when you are a professional at wood carving. 

According to your skill level, the sharp blade will carve out just about anything. You will be able to do more than a bit of carving with this gem. It’s a good buy.

Always take the necessary precautions when using a blade, which is no different. Check out our review of the Flexcut JKN96 Spoon Carvin’ Jack. Follow the instructions and get carving. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes

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