With Halloween approaching you and your family, or friends are going to want to carve pumpkins. At least in my family we did.
But it is important to find and use a sharp, and accurate knife for pumpkin carving. The reason being is because a dull and flimsy knife could ultimately injure you severely. It is always a safe practice to use sharp and accurate knives because this will reduce the risk of hurting yourself, or your kids hurting themselves as well.
Granted, your kids probably should not be using a super sharp knife, but hey… I am not going to tell you how to run your life. ha. Anyways, we promote these knives because we don’t believe in using those pumpkin carving kits, because most of them are cheap, flimsy and take more effort than it should to carve a pumpkin.
So, with that in mind, we have a criteria that we look at for choosing these knives, and yes some of them may be a little pricey, but these will also be knives you can use for any carving or paring.
Our Criteria for Choosing Pumpkin Carving Knives
- Balance and strength of the handle
- Accuracy of the angles and cuts
- Uses beyond pumpkin carving
I will explain all of this for each knife and try my best to bring you the most wholesome information I can for you, so that you can make the best decision for picking out a carving knife. Sound good? Great.
What are the Best Pumpkin Carving Knives?
|Picture||Knife||Serrated or Plain Edge||Price|
|Picture||Knife||Serrated or Plain Edge||Price|
|CASE XX Halloween Orange Bone Slimline||Serrated & Plain||$$|
|Spyderco Dragonfly2 Black FRN Knife||Plain||$$|
|Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion Leek Folding Knife||Plain||$$|
These are the top 3 we came up with, which we chose from people who recommended them on forums, Amazon, what I think of them and what other knife companies are saying about them.
Now a forewarning, if you are just looking for a basic pumpkin carver and don’t really need a knife like the ones I am going to review and mention then you can refer to the link right below this sentence.
Now with that said, let me share with you the top 3 pumpkin carvers out there. These knives can also be used for more than pumpkin carving, but these are some of the best knives for the money that you can get for pumpkin carving. So let’s dive into it.
My top choice goes out the Case XX Bone Slimline not just because it says Happy Halloween on it, but because it is a really good pumpkin carver.
The blade is crafted from Tru-sharp surgical stainless steel, (You can read more about that steel here) Anyways, with the Tru-sharp steel it gives the blade sharpness and holds its edge for a long time. On top of that, it is excellent at accuracy… I mean think about it, it is crafted from surgical stainless steel, it must be accurate…right? ha. With this in mind, it will be able to cut right through your pumpkin without any problems, at all.
The handle is crafted from a cool material called Persimmon bone orange. This gives the blade it’s unique orange glow and also makes it stable as well. This knife will not wobble or feel flimsy in your hand due to the handle being stable and tight.
Overall, this will make pumpkin carving a breeze. On top of that it looks darn right cool and definitely fits the mood of Halloween. And it’s much more than just a collector knife… can be used for many things besides pumpkin carving.
Spyderco has always made high quality knives and the Dragonfly2 FRN is one of the top ranking knives for carving your pumpkins. This compact, folding knife makes extremely precise cuts which makes it great for carving those cute, funny, ugly or scary faces in your pumpkins.
The blade is crafted from a premium knife metal VG10 stainless steel. The VG10 steel is going to give the Dragonfly2 supreme sharpness and edge retention, which is a huge positive since you want a knife that can slice through your pumpkins without a doubt.
The handle is formed from a injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN), that is textured so that your hand does not slip while using it. On top of that it is extremely stable since it has 4 screws in that keep it tight and secure.
Overall this is a beauty of a knife and will make pumpkin carving a breeze. More importantly though, the Dragonfly2 can be used for many utilities besides pumpkin carving. Oh, and it does come with a limited lifetime warranty, securing it even more as an excellent knife.
Last, but certainly not least is the Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion. A true beauty of the knife that will make a pumpkin feel like you are cutting through butter with a hot blade. No joke.
The blade is crafted with 440A stainless steel which gives it really nice sharpness and edge retention (AKA don’t have to sharpen it that much). On top of that it is great whether you are left handed or right handed, which is a plus because it sucks if a knife doesn’t feel good in your hand.
The handle is formed by bead blasted steel, which makes it very smooth and easy to grip. With that in mind, it is a flipper knife and has a speed-safe mechanism, which allows for easy & quick opening speeds but it is NOT a switchblade. More importantly though it is stable and sturdy for your grip, thus making it very safe for using while pumpkin carving.
Overall the Kershaw is an excellent knife for pumpkin carving, and you will get the most bang for your buck with this one. On top of that it will be an excellent knife for just about anything as well, making it a great buy not just for pumpkin carving.
Our Top 3 Knives for Pumpkin Carving
- Case XX Halloween Orange Bone Slimline
- Spyderco Dragonfly2
- Kershaw 1660 Ken Onion
Overall all of these knives will prove to be excellent for pumpkin carving, and will help with leaving the frustration behind. Come on, pumpkin carving is meant to be enjoyable; not a pain in *you know where*.
On top of that they all prove to be useful for more than just pumpkin carving which is very beneficial because you will have a knife to use for years, and years to come. Not just one event.
Quick Video for Awesome Pumpkin Carving Tricks
3 Ways to Carve Your Pumpkin Better
Besides just watching the video above I am going to give you 3 practical and easy steps you can take towards making your pumpkin carvings look better. I always remembered when I would carve a pumpkin and it would end up looking like a horror show… nobody wants their pumpkins to look back.
Plus nobody likes to waste pumpkins with bad designs/carvings. ha.
1. Be patient with carving
Carving is a skill… I use to forget this myself and so do a lot of people… we think that “oh we have a knife to carve, and I just watched a video, let’s make the magic happen!” But realistically, it never works this way.
I would have a grandeur plan for carving my pumpkin, and I would end up being excited about it, thus me expecting that my carving will turn out great… however I was horribly mistaken.
My plan to make what was supposed to be a duck, turned out to look like a dis-formed chicken… blob thing.
With that in mind, if I had been more patient with my carving and not force some of the cuts, then it would have turned out somewhat better… However tip #2 could help even more!
2. Sketch Before Carving
I know, it may feel like a drawn out process and perhaps it may be to much work for you to do, but I find that sketching before carving gives me a great layout to make my pumpkin carving to look, much, much better.
- Sketch a design on your pumpkin with a pencil
- After you have the pencil sketch, then sketch over your pencil lines with a sharpie
- Take your knife and carve the pumpkin out of your pumpkin!
Easy as that… right. After all said is done, sketching can save you the frustration of having uneven and messed up cuts which will end up making your pumpkin look way better!
3. Don’t have high expectations
If you are not a professional pumpkin carver or do not practice year round, then don’t set yourself up by setting high expectations that you will be the next Scott Cummins ( he is a really good pumpkin carver).
Now I am not saying it isn’t bad to set the bar high, however setting unrealistic expectations that you will be the best pumpkin carver will just lead to you being frustrated and carving up multiple pumpkins, thus causing you to pay for more pumpkins.
Anyways, pumpkin carving is suppose to be enjoyable, not frustrating… so make sure to not set the bar to high, but rather focus on having a good time with friends, family and to try your best with pumpkin carving!
Top 3 Tips for Pumpkin Carving
- Be patient
- Sketch before carving
- Don’t have high expectations
You can also see some great tips here about pumpkin carving.
If you have any suggestions about pumpkin carving knives or how to carve a pumpkin then let us know in the comment section below. We are always looking to broaden our horizon on great knives that work really well.
Till next time!