May 14, 2020

Flexcut KN400 Detail Knife Set Review [UPDATED]

Finding the perfect knife set for your carving project is good wood carving. If you thought the KN300 was a great set of knives, you would be tickled pink. The Flexcut KN400 has three blades as well as a sharpening compound. 

The three blades in this set are the Flexcut KN19, Flexcut KN20, and Flexcut KN27. All three of these blades have a very sharp edge and specific use. Knowing these uses will help you get a more precise and effective carving. This will come in handy when you are on the go and sharpen the blades. 

Flexcut KN400 knife set

The knives in this kit are high quality and also high precision. The blades are made of high-grade carbon steel. They all come honed and ready to be used right out of the packet. The KN19 is a mini pelican knife. The KN20 is the mini-chip knife, and the KN27 is the mini detail knife.

Aesthetics

The set has three knives, and they have some things in common in terms of looks and some differences. They all have a slim brown wooden look on the handle, with the flex cut red logo. Otherwise, you would be getting the same knife, which is not the ideal scenario. 

Flexcut KN400 Detail Knife Set packed

The handle is perfectly finished and smooth. It feels great in hand, and the ergonomic design helps you control as you carve and reduces hand fatigue. They are just the right size to fit nicely in your hand.

The pelican knife has a curved blade. It is extremely thin for better performance. The blade has a narrowed point, and the handle has many places to hold it.

This helps you maintain control. The KN19 weighs 1.6 ounces and is 9 inches high. It is also 1.25 inches long and 3.5 inches wide. The blade bevel is 7/8″.  

The second knife in this set is the KN20 knife, a mini chip carving blade. The blade is small and protrudes downwards from the handle to enable better control.

You may be tempted to think that there is not much that it can do, but on the contrary, it is a convenient and necessary tool in the wood carver’s collection.

The blade has a 5/8″ bevel and is extremely thin, just like the KN19. It is 1.25 inches long and 3.5inches wide, weighing 1.5 ounces. 

The third knife is a KN27 knife. This is known as a detail knife because of the details it allows you to work on. All the blades on these knives are small and machined to perfection. 

The small handles are smooth to touch, and they easily fall in line when you handle them, unlike some bulky knives and not appealing to look at. If looks alone mattered, these knives would be top of most people’s list anyway.

Performance Review

Each blade is precision machined for a purpose. Having this kit means that you can do a variety of cuts, all from the same set. The KN19 mini pelican knife has a small blade that is thin and curved so that you can get cleaner slices, similar to those that you get with the skew. 

Thanks to the pointed edge on the blade, you get a much tighter turning radius. This helps when you are carving out very delicate and fine designs, and you need a tool that will deal only with the part being carved without damaging adjacent wood. This is why the handle also needs to be petite enough. Otherwise, the work can get messy. 

The KN20 is also known as the mini chip carving knife. The beauty of carvings made with this knife is the angles and shadows. Holding it as you chip away at the wood matters a great deal. 

The utter precision comes from how you skillfully handle the wood. Hold the knife between your thumb and index finger. You can use your other hand to ensure that you get a steady cut. Working in the same position is one of the ways to get great-looking cuts consistently.

Safety

It is essential to be careful when you use all the blades. For example, 

when using the KN20, you need to hold the knife between your index finger and your thumb and chip away at the wood almost in a plunging fashion. It is vital that you are focused and that your fingers and thumbs are protected.

It would be straightforward to slice your thumb when using this method, and that is why it is necessary to be more careful when using this blade. A thumb guard will do you good. 

All the blades are very sharp, and it is essential to make sure that you are careful as you deal with them. They are ready to use right out of the packet.

Who is this product ideal for?

This is an excellent start if you are starting and want to learn how to carve with knives. The blades are small enough to fit in many places and produce the desired result. The slim handle design also makes this tool great for people with small petite hands or for working on small delicate carvings. 

Pros

  • You get three knives in the same set.
  • The set comes with a sharpening compound.
  • The blades are high quality.

Cons

  • They are small, which can be a downside for someone who has big hands.

Our Verdict

This knife set will help you create beautiful geometric designs. Each of the knives in this kit is sharpened to the 9’s. This works very well when carving particular designs. It is a great set, especially if you are a budding woodcarver. Happy shopping! Flexcut KN700 Deluxe Palm & Knife Set Review.

David D. Hughes

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