In our store we sell only the finest quality carving tools from well-known and long-established companies. Used properly, these tools will stay sharp for a relatively long time, permitting more productive work in between sharpening sessions. But we highly recommend that the tools be kept as sharp as possible.
Important: Don’t forget the sharpening stones! Dull irons make for sloppy and more importantly, dangerous work. This is because as the edge becomes blunt, the natural impulse is to use more pressure, which can damage the work, and injure you or others nearby, if the iron slips. As supplied, our blades were sharpened by machine at the manufacturer. But each company has a different conception of what is meant by the word sharp. In any case we recommend, at the minimum, that new blades be honed on a fine stone before using them, and that like all cutting tools, they should be kept as sharp as possible through regular sharpening.