At the end of last year I wanted to learn more about Woodcut. I love linocut and will continue to use linoleum as a matrix, however, I wanted to expand my knowledge a bit.
After getting a variety of woods at my disposal to try out, I quickly realized that my linocut tools were not going to cut it (bit of humor). I had to search for something else.
Talented Printmaking Friends
Last year I had befriended another printmaker who is very talented and has been bringing a lot of attention to printmaking in my local region. His name is Pavel Acevedo.
Acevedo has been working throughout California and has done a lot of murals as well as having his prints showcased at the Riverside Art Museum in California.
I asked him what his recommendation is for an affordable tool that is sharp enough to carve through wood. He recommended these Power grip Tools by Mikisyo. After taking a trip to Riverside, I bought these tools at a local shop Urge Palette.
I do not believe they ship supplies from their store, however, the shop is an awesome resource for the artists residing near Riverside, California.
Where to purchase
You can purchase these PowerGrip tools on Amazon (not an affiliate link).
I have used these tools on a few woodcuts and I have to say they have not disappointed.
They are incredibly sharp right out of the box. They each come with a rubber tip which is fantastic if you want to place these sharp tools in a tool box or on the run with you.
No Sharpening Needed
(not yet anyway)
On a normal basis I usually have to sharpen my tools several times while carving, but I have not had to do this yet. I have not used them enough to warrant sharpening yet.
However, I have completed a few wood cuts since purchasing them and they have stayed incredibly sharp the whole time.
At about twenty five dollars for a beginners set on Amazon, these tools are fairly inexpensive and a great starter for any printmaker.
I have invested some money into the tools I use for linocut and for Woodcut. It is my belief that these tools are the most cost effective satisfying tools you could purchase for woodcut. I highly recommend the Power Grip tools for beginners or professional printmakers.