We recently started collecting testimonials to add to the web-site for those of you who may be interested in what others say about our tools. Our favorite part of creating the tools is knowing that they are being enjoyed and used. When posting the comments I do take the liberty of removing other knife makers names. We do the best we can do and we are not here to judge..I know it is hard work.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments..
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My latest knife order arrived today. The knives are superb as usual. I am particularly impressed with the Hooked Skew you made for me. It looks great and works really well, As always, I am extremely glad that you continue to produce such high quality carving tools. Keep up the good work! Thanks Again, Karl Willoughby
I just got yesterday the parcel you sent me a few days ago. It was my first contact with Cape Forge tools and I am very pleased : the blade is so thin, yet so strong! It works through basswood like a warm knife through butter. Let me work with them a little and I shall order some more. Denis Genest
Mini battleaxe was great - been doing a lot of feathering with it - sweet tool!
Cheers, Paul Thomas Seattle
Our Commemorative Knife winner....The knife arrived today. It is delightful. Thank you again,
Laszlo Pasztor, Jr.
The battleaxe you made for me arrived, as I expected a top class tool. Thanks John
Received those two custom dog leg gouges yesterday. Just what I wanted and razor sharp. Can sure use them at this time on an acanthus carviing. Thank you and your Dad for the great products and service. Hope your family is all ok. Happy Day ! Art
Did you catch the thread about Cape Forge Knives On WCI’s web site a week or two ago? Facebook page says you are looking for feedback.
http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/forum/f52/cape-forge-knives-29848/ Harold “Goody” Goodman
My Cape Forge is about 20 years old. It came sharp and all it ever gets is an occasional stropping.. You had just become a Mother when I bought my Cape Forge knife. Memories!!! Walter Baker
I've been enjoying the bent-blade knife I got at Christmas. It works perfectly and I couldn't be happier!
I received my knife and have been using it since I got home from work this evening. Now a little about me and then I'll tell you how much I love the knife. I'm a novice at carving, as a matter of fact I've been carving ( a wooden spoon) for four days and two of the days I was without a knife so I was just thinking about carving. Really,, I was invited to a meeting of carvers in Lincolnville by a coworker and I had the chance to try different tools and knifes. I chose your knife because of quality, hand comfort and it's made locally. I don't know how much I'll get involved with carving but when the time comes for any carving tools they'll be from Cape Forge.
This is the 4th set of minis I have ordered. They’re not good, there GREAT. Keep up the great work. James
Yesterday the chisels and knives arrived. First reaction was that they were made by a craftsman. . The handles are "just right" so I tried them out on a bit of limewood (bass) and they did what they should. With new knife it takes me a while to get used to it but I 'm sure these will meet my expectations. John
I received the knife today. That
is one good looking knife!! It looks like the handle is put on backwards
but holding is believing. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I'm
looking forward to it.
Your anniversary knife arrived, in great shape, yesterday. It's fabulous and so natural and comfortable in my hand that it feels like it's a part of me.
Congratulations to you and your father on this joyous occasion of being successful, both with your business and your chosen endeavors together.
Wishing both of you continued good health, prosperity, and happiness in all you dream and do,
I received my order the other day and everything came fine and in good order. I took the knives out for a test drive on a piece of basswood the other night and I can sum up the experience in one four letter word -- NICE! Actually very nice -- so its two four letter words. :-)I have my eye on a couple of other blades but, if I want to continue living in my house, I will have to wait. Hmmm, maybe I will include them in my letter to Santa this year -- do you think that Santa actually reads all of those letters? I guess we will see.
Anyway, thanks so much -- I am a happy carver.
I wanted to add to my comments about the latest knife.
As I said earlier it's my favorite knife. The steel you used to make the
blade seems much better than the knife I showed you as a reference. In
fact I've offered to sell to sell the "pattern knife" to anyone in our
club that wants it. Several people have tried both of your knives and
like them. I don't know if this will ever translate into any business for
you. Everyone says at first glance the handles are on backwards but after
using for a short time change their minds.
Hi Karyn, I purchase a mini knife set and a traveler set from you late last summer... I can't tell you how much I like them. Thank you so much. Dwayne Ong.
I received the caving tools today. They are beautiful. I can’t wait to start carving again. You all did a wonderful job. Thank you all for the quick service. I wish I could leave you all feedback some were to let everyone know how good your service and knives are.
Thank you Charles Emmert
I received the two detail knives I ordered today. They have a very nice balance and really get into those places that no other knife can. I just wanted to say thanks Dan Slater
set is gorgeous! I hated to put fingerprints on the blades! They are a
work of art — and they work superbly! There is no comparison,
really, to my other carving knives.
Thank you! I will soon order even more! Jerry
I had asked Steve if ye minded If I used his comment and this is response...
Sure but please let me give you a little better comment..
"As a novice wood carver I decided to invest in a quality forged knife, while there is no substitute for skill, quality tools help a learner to better achieve his or her goals by removing the tool itself from being an impediment to the learners success and ultimately his or her enjoyment f the craft.
When I started to look into finding a quality knife I turned to the experienced, and those experienced carvers pointed me in the direction of Cape Forge. One of the things that struck me immediately about Cape Forge is the look of their tools. These are not factor produced tools, you can tell right away that these tools are made by people that love what they are doing. The look comfortable, like they are meant to be an extension of your hand.
I immediately knew I wanted to buy their Wood Carving Starter kit. The knife, strop, glove and compound looked like exactly what I needed to get started. One of the things I also found I appreciated was the responsiveness of the Cape Forge staff. E-mail questions were answered promptly, and advice given without hesitation.
When my package came I appreciated that the items were individually sealed in ziplock packages. I of course immediately focused in on the carving knife that looked every bit as impressive as it did on the website. It feel wonderful in your hand, easy to hold and gives you a lot of options when carving.
To say that it cut like butter through the wood piece I was working on would not be an over exaggeration, I love this knife. And to be honest I will be buying more tools from Cape Forge as my experience and needs continue to grow. Thanks again guys!"
Thanks again, I absolutely love the knife!
Thanks. I bought one your knives at the Worlds and love it. Looking forward to having another one.
I look forward to my new Traveler Knife Set. Your blades hold up so fantastically that I wish you made a pocket knife. I have two of your #2's that I use for just about everything around here.
Ron Davidson here ! Just wanted to let you know I received the new tools and they work great. You did a fantastic job. If I come up with any more strange ideas I will be sure and contact you. Thanks
O My Goodness, It is so beautiful! You and your father have done such amazing work. I am so humbled and blessed by your generosity and sacrifice on my behalf. Now knowing your story and understanding the full measure of your gift, I truly am blessed and touched. I cannot thank you enough. My heart is so full of gratitude that word do not and will not do it justice.
The tools are fantastic! Thank you for your time and consideration. I will be in touch! Jim Markland
I was so impressed with my previous order that I have just submitted another one. I ordered two strops and I wanted to ask to have one of them cut in half so I could use it as you nice demonstrated on the video link for small tools. I can also tell you that the mini knife and chisel sets cause a lot of attention anywhere that they are used
I bought this set for my husband for our 5 yr. anniversary. We are first time customers and I had to drop you a note to tell you how please we are with this purchase! I gave these to Chris on the 29th. and he has been so thrilled with them that he is using them in every minute of his spare time (i.e. waiting on breakfast, dinner, waiting on me to get dressed...etc...). He has told me at least a half dozen times how so happy he is with these blades and how quality they are.
Just wanted to say thank you so much, Karyn, and we look forward to doing more business with you in the future.
Hi Karyn WOW! That was quick ! ! !Can not wait -2- C- how the knife repair came out So far Karyn you've been something else with service to the buyer (such as me) And I WILL NOT FORGET THAT, whenever I need more carving knives or supplies.
> Thank You Karyn -4- being there for me GOD BLESS YOU : - ) Mr. Ray Monaco
A short note to let you know that I have received my order. It all looks real good. The knives and palm tools work well. I am Pleased to do business with you folks.
Thanks, Karl Willoughby
Just a line to let you know that I have received my order. I think I used up every piece of scrap wood I had, even my ice-cream sticks using the new chisels. I'm very pleased and expect many years of use.
It's time for me to order another of you truly excellent knives. I'm not joking when I say that we really can't get anything like the edge holding capabilities of your knives here in the UK.
I would suggest going with Cape Forge.... they are beautiful, have a great feel and stay sharp if you take care of them.... and if you have trouble sharpening like I do sometimes.... send it back and Karyn will put a new edge on it for you... I have had her do my "V's" several times.... It makes all the difference in the world.. Also if you can keep the knives away from the stones and use leather strop/ block with paste.. you will find that you get along much better.
Karyn, thanks for the response. I've got one of your knives and I think it is fabulous.......best knife I've got.....so I will gladly wait a few more days to get the chisels.
Here is a Fathers Day knife winner-The knives are What I expected. "Best In Quality"
Everything arrived in excellent shape and this was a good shape for my intended use... AND there is a real difference in knives And steel and it's processing... will distribute the catalog to family who try to buy something for me for Christmas presents etc... as we are all hard to buy for. thanks and I'll pass on the good words about your products.
Knives arrived the other day.... used them last night....OH YES!... Excellent..... very very nice. Satisfied customer. I may be ordering a flat Drawknife for shaping decoy bodies....Thanks again and we will be doing business again,
I've owned and enjoyed several of your paring chisels for the last five years. They are essential parts of my guitar making tool kit -- I think I'd rather give up the band saw, the jointer, and even a couple of routers before I stopped using these fine tools.
Thanks for spending so much time with me at the Down East show. I bought a couple blocks of wood on the way out, and while my wife drove back to NJ, I carved feathers. Of course when I got to CT, the roads stunk, so I had to quit so as not to remove skin and have to use the free Band-Aid. The blade is great, and I've been working on a chickadee using only hand carving tools. I don't like using a Dremel in my room on Fort Dix, since my fellow soldiers may think I'm practicing some kinky act in my room, or even worse -- barracks dentistry. Plus wood dust on my uniform wouldn't be good.
The gouge is just what I needed. You did a beautiful job on a tool that will last my lifetime and probably much longer.I look forward to really using it on this arch top guitar.
I really value your tools - the only other
ones that compare were made for me by a Japanese netsuke master, so you are in
very good company.
Received the tools to day. I've been carving for the past 50 yr's and I will have to say this is the nicest knife set I have seen. My friends are going to be envious. Thank you for getting them out so quick, I thought it was going to several more weeks.
I received the two knives I ordered and they are simply magnificent. They are superbly crafted and have an incredible edge that I've been able to easily maintain. Congratulations on a superb product.
Thanks again. Nick Lutsch
My father received his traveler kit today, and I can't thank you enough! He loves everything about the knife, and was very impressed by the workmanship. I enjoyed dealing with you, and the information that you provided during our call was very informative. I look forward to calling for more gifts in the future.
I work in leather and these are the best knives I have ever used for my kind of tooling.
The tools have finally arrived. When I first got your email I didn’t read it carefully and didn’t realize you said USPS. I had assumed UPS. The poor service in this state is legendary. But the tools are here now, and I had to go “test drive” a few before finishing this email. Beautiful. I wish I could take the rest of the afternoon off and go carve.
The carving classes are only one day per week, so the tools only missed the first day’s classes. They got by on the tools that were still here since there was a greater percentage of time spent talking for that first day.
Thanks for good work and good communication along the way.
Francine -Woodworking school in New Mexico
"I have never seen such a beautiful tool and one with such a keen edge. Thank You for your talent and care in creating such a great tool. "
Patricia Carroll Fargo ND
"I just wanted to say that these are the finest instruments I have ever used. The Quality and workmanship in your products cannot be equaled"
Rick LaCombe Evergreen, co
I LOVE the knives, and blades, and strop, and gook I've already bought from you when you came to the middlesex Wood Carvers show in Massachusetts last year.
"They've already paid for themselves many times over." you might also note, "Since they hold an edge so beautifully, I feel much safer using them, and haven't slipped once in over a year. Before I started using your blades and sharpening system, I often carved myself."
I look forward to seeing and using the new, curved knife,
Thanks again,Warren Dahlin
I am left handed and hope I ordered the correct bent blade. I want to say that I really love the tools from my previous order and want to tell all of you to keep up the good work. I'm new to carving but notwoodworking and really appreciate the beautiful hand crafted tools your company makes. I will spread theword for Cape Forge. Hope I can drum up some more business for you. Thank You!
> Steve Smith
Quick vote of thanks for the fast shipping, and fine tools you have created. Received them in the mail today and couldn't get to the shop fast enough. The handle shape is truly one of the best I've had the pleasure to use, and the keen edge was a wonder to work with. The tools I received today will not be the last to be sure. Attached a pic of a spoon created with my new tools.
I own about a half-dozen of your knives, and they are truly my favorite tools with which to carve. I use mostly knives to do Scandinavian-style flat-plane carving (yes, I know; there are more realistic styles, but I like Harley Refsal's creations, and I REALLY like working with knives, so what can you do? )
Just want to say thank you for returning my damaged knife so quickly. It arrived today and its as good as ever.I bought the other knife at the show in Bedford Mass. last Sunday and I have to say your knives are the greatest. Thanks again.
The knives arrived today- they are works of art!!!!!!! I'll save up my nickles and order more tools in the future.
I currently have five of your knives including a draw knife. They are the Best! Thanks for doing things right!
I am very impressed with your knives and service. I will be using your service for all my knive and carving purchaseing in the future. I used your knife this evening and picked up another one and almost threw the other one in the trash!
Hi, Karyn....sorry I am late in sending this, as I got my custom chisel a couple weeks ago, I think, but this is the first chance I've had to use it.....it is absolutely PERFECT! Thank you so much for making it for me, and for sending the other knife as well....I have a couple of those already, but I love that particular knife and need it for a portable set that I carry. The chisel you made will work perfectly for me...It's just the right size for my facial problems, especially the caricature I'm working on right now, so I just wanted to let you know....
I want to let you know, I purchased the mini knife
set for my husband for his birthday. He had some cutouts of black walnut he cut
years ago with my father. They were never finished, because the wood was so
hard to carve. He was amazed at how easy it is to carve the walnut, and how well
the steel holds it's edge. I love original made in the USA products.
Thank you for the quality workmanship!
THANKS FOR THE EMAIL, WILL LOOK FOR YOU ON THE COMPUTER. NOT TO BLOW SMOKE, BUT
THE KNIFE I PURCHASED FROM YOU IS BY FAR THE BEST KNIFE I HAVE. I NEED A SMALL
DETAIL KNIFE WITH A SMALL HANDLE FOR CARVING EYE'S. BLADE THE SIZE OF A DENNY
KNIFE BUT SMALLER HANDLE. CAN YOU ??
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY. THANK YOU.
I cannot tell you how happy I am with your product. I am very impressed and satisfied. I would like to order a few more carving chisels and also I would like to send you a few pfiel tools I have collected for a good sharpening.
I also wanted to say how much I like the honest simplicity of the web site. I'm a teacher of ICT and I do like the look and "feel" of your site. I also like the look of your products and I'm looking forward to receiving mine!
Mark Treacher United Kingdom
My mom is busy with her carvings and reports that the new tool is beautifully made and works very well indeed. Thank you very much for your excellent service!
Regards, Michael Osterlund Sweden
Tools arrived so fast my head is spinning. Simply beautiful and well ahead of anticipated schedule. They could have been a month out and I would not have had a complaint nor a worry. They arrived Monday, and I did not have a chance to write until now.
Wow, nice tools (and I haven't even used them yet).
My father came home from his winter residence in Florida yesterday, and brought back 2 Cape Forge knives for me. The #1 knife and the chip carving blade. He knew that I had been wanting these. Wow. These put all my other knives to shame. What a joy to use these fantastic tools. I picked up a Diosbud Forge knife about a year ago, and thought it was the ultimate. Not anymore!!!
I have several of your knives already which I use all the time. They are GREAT blades, arrive VERY sharp and hold their edge very will with just an occasional stropping. Keep up the good work, you make a great product.
My tools arrived yesterday, thank you very much, the service I have received from yourselves has been second to none.
Karyn!!! Just pulled my knife from the beautifully sharpen hunk of foam core used to protect my knife and I am very pleased. I had a piece of basswood waiting by the mailbox xo that I could carve immediately. Let me tell you that you all have a magnificent chip carving knife. The man that taught me to chip carve used a Dave Lyons knife and it was great but this knife from Cape Forge is amazing. Thanks for a great product. No need to use the guarantee but nice to know it's there. I will pass on Cape Forge to those I meet and will continue to use you all when my knife needs arise. Thank you. Respectfully, Joe
Got my Mini Set today and as usual Good Job. What a pleasure to use such a finely crafted tool. It made me feel I was using a nail to carve with before.
The knifes you have sent me last time around are absolutely superb, a joy to look at and a pleasure to work with! Thanks!
Ariel Toron Isreal
I took the Ross Smoker decoy carving class at Ward Museum a few weeks ago. Ross loaned me a draw knife, so all was well. I added the Cape Forge 5" draw knife to my Christmas list. Ross came around and assisted students, as would be expected. While helping me shape the duck body, he picked up my Cape Forge #4 detailer, and began carving. After about three strokes he said "this is a great knife". As he worked around the class, he came back to my table several times to borrow the Cape Forge knife. I just thought you'd appreciate hearing that I've now converted two instructors to the benefits of your knives. Hope all is well, looking forward to winter carving.
I thought I would let you know, the knives arrived yesterday by first
Many thanks for your excellent service and the lovely knives you made for me,
Thanks so much for your amazing tools
I first learned of Cape Forge knives by reading a review of carving knives on the Internet. The reviewer compared four knives. He stated that he borrowed a knife for his review, and said that he was so impressed, he was going to buy one for himself. What better praise is there than that.
I decided to buy one. I have only been carving for a year, and I can tell you that good tools make any hobby more enjoyable. I got my general purpose knife, used it for a few days and retired all the other knives I had purchased. I ordered six more. The difference is between filet mignon and hamburger. Use these knives and you'll never use any others.
I recieved the new knife sets, they are excellent!! All I have to do is learn how to sharpen them like you do.
Got the knives today, incredible......................now I see what carving is really all about.
I seem to have lost just a very tiny piece from the tip on one of my chip carving knives I bought from you. Should be an easy repair, it’s such a small piece that I didn’t even notice it at first. I will send it to you before the week is over and if you can let me know when it is on the way back I would appreciate it.
I am really happy with the resharpening/reshaping on my much abused Swiss chisels that you did last year; they are back in service and as good as new.
I’m looking forward to receiving the order I placed with Cape Forge – you have some of the finest woodcarving tools available and worth every minute of the wait. Don’t hurry the “smithy” & keep up the good work!
Take care, Tom Eldridge
Karyn- What a beautiful knife. And it is sharp!!! With all the sharpening stuff I have accumulated I have yet to get my gouges so sharp.
Hi Karyn. I received
my knife today, and can tell already that I am going to love it. I did
take the liberty of rounding off the backbone of the blade, instead of
having such a squared off edge. It allows the knife to slide better on
some cuts, plus looks very finished in the end.
Thanks for the great service, and I love the fact that I could pay with Paypal.
Thanks again, Tom Ellis
just got the knife today and it is a beauty! I have used it already and can tell that is adds to my limited carving abilities-have used a 40 y/o skew most of the timeI like the instructions saying it never needs sharpening, only stropping.
Thanks for the good service, Bill Dean
I received the knives today. Have used them and they are great. Thanks for your extra efforts in getting them to me. I will be in touch when I need something else. Thanks again.
Just wanted to let you know that we held our seminar for beginners this weekend.... Saturday and Sunday. The students were very pleased with the Cape Forge Knives that we provided for them. Most of the knives were purchased by the students at the end of the day. We look forward to working with you to provide our students with the highest quality carving knives.
Thanks, Jim Burcio
Thanks Karyn! Our carvers fairly drool (that's easy for geezers) over your knives.
I received the shipment today. It was better than expected. The knife really carves great. Thank you for the quick service. You all make great carving tools.
Have a great day, Charles Emmert
I have received most of my order. This is not to inquire about the remaining items. I just wanted to say that these are the finest instruments I have ever used. The Quality and workmanship in your products cannot be equaled. Thank you. No hurry on the remaining items (really).
Hi Mike & Karyn, thought you might like to know that somehow some of your tools have ended up here in the UK. Not sure how they arrived here but I was intrigued with their appearance and bid for and bought them on ebay and they in excellent condition.
I have to admit I had not heard of your company (sorry about that!) but thought they looked interesting if not a little unconventional from the usual London patterns so loved by UK carvers. Having received them in the post I tried them out today and was very impressed with the quality of the cut I am looking forward to producing a full blown carving with them.
I have been carving for 40 years and like so many carvers I have been a long time devotee of the old Victorian Addis & Herring tools. I think I have found a new brand for me to covet and regard myself as very lucky to have found your tools by happenstance.
Thanks for a great experience with such excellent tools
Regards, Terry Moss
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! What a great edge, thanks for a superior blade!!! I want to order another mini blade that is curved so that the blade is facing me when I am holding it in my right hand....to use in a scooping motion...Please advise me what to order Thanks again! Richard Jensen, Deltona , Fla
I have three of your carving knives purchased 5-6 years ago and love them. They are my favorite carving knives, and I have Helvie's, Pfeil, and lots of Flex Cut. My most favorite for carving lips on miniature wooden dolls is a very curved one that you don't seem to make anymore. The blade is only around an inch long and has quite a severe convex curve. I also have your convex curved knife, but don't find as much use for it. And I have your straight carving knife. But now I am intrigued by your traveler set and will be ordering it separately. But please do add me to your subscription list! Thanks, Bill Fifer, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
I got the knives and chisels today in the mail.
I have tried them out and they are sharp and wonderful! It was worth the wait. I may have a hard time waiting until I can order some more.
Thank you for your craftsmanship, skill and attention to my order!
I met you and your dad at the WCI seminar in the fall. I bough one of your knife sets in the black pouch. I use it frequently and LOVE IT!!!!!!!. I am looking to buy the companion chisel set and a draw knife in the near future.
Thank you for your wonderful products, and continued success with the business
I received my repaired knife and just wanted to thank you for the fine job.Like lost carvers/whittlers I have a collection of several (if notmany!) knives to use on any given project. My Cape Forge knives in general and this one in particular are inevtibly the ones I choose first when I want clean and easy slicing.
Thank you and best regards, Russ Lavigne
Thanks again, and thanks for great tools! I have really enjoyed using the carving knife I won at the Fox Chapel Block Party! It is an exceptional tool!
-Thank You - Thank You - Thank You.
I bought your "buy five knives, get the sixth free" id like the sixth one a #9. I bought the traveler at Christmas , these are the best knives I've ever had, now I want more of you knives. excellent product thank you
Thanks so much for fixing the tip of my detail blade, which arrived in the
mail Friday. You really did a superior job and I swear the blade is even
noticeably sharper than before. I can’t wait to dig it into the pair of
nuthatches I’m working on.
Your blades are fast becoming the only knives I use! Thanks again!
Karyn- The mini knives you made for me came in. They are the sharpest I've ever used - Thanks so much- Ed Kancurik
I recently received my order from Cape Forge and have discovered a new diet plan that you might not have realized was included with the knives. It’s called the skip-lunch-and-carve-for-an-hour diet. I park the bed of my truck in the shade, let the tail gate down, rest my haunches and carve the calories away. Healthier than a fast food fill-up too and more satisfying!