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V tools

I have searched many companies & they list the V tool with different numbers for the degree of angle.

Pfeil has 5 different degrees of angle: 35, 45, 55, 60, & 90.

Hirsh has 3 different degrees of angle: 60, 70, 100.

Is there a common angle that most carvers use? In all the lessons I've watched, Mary list 6mm V tool, but I don't remember Mary saying what degree of angle the V tool is. Did I miss it? HELP


I believe the size Mary uses, and is referring to when she says 6mm v tool, is a #12 (Pfeil sizing). That seems to be the oft-used sweep of v-tool that I see.

I use the #12 mostly, with a few different sizes each of it. I also use a #15 for a few things, such as corner cleaning and very fine details.

The number 12-6 I have actually measures about 57 degrees.  Whether it is supposed to be a 55, or a 60, I am not sure.  Doesn't really matter to me as it works well no matter what angle it is.  I bought the "Mary May beginners set" from Chipping Away and this is what I measured for you.

All of my v-chisels are 60 degree angles (at least that's what they tell me - I haven't actually measured the exact angle). So for Swiss Made, I use a #12, the Dastra is a #41. I find that the ones that are closer to 45 degree don't remove wood as easily and are miserable to sharpen because finding a slip stone to fit into that angle is very difficult. The larger angle doesn't seem to get the desired depth, and can be bulky and awkward to use - especially for the process I usually use and that is to remove the bulk of the wood as quickly and cleanly as possible. If I were to get an extra tool, I might choose a 45 degree 3 or 4 mm to make very sharp, clean cuts for texture and detail. But I have been able to get that detail with a 60 degree 3 or 4 mm. But if you need a reason to buy another tool... go for it!