Donald Mertz Signature Series Knife


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Helvie Knives is proud to introduce the Donald Mertz Signature Series Knives. Caricature Carver of America woodcarver Don Mertz and Helvie Knives have been working together to bring out a new line of knives with a new style of blade.

Donald K. Mertz, the WOOD BEE CARVER has been carving seriously since 1975 using a Whittle-Carving style he calls "Whittle Folk Art" that is primarily knife carving on a square block of basswood. He has written articles in Chip Chats, Woodcarving Illustrated, Carving Magazine and has taught for nine years at War Eagle Seminars and for various woodcarving clubs in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Alabama, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Indiana. He authors an instructional web blog at http://www.woodbeecarver.com/ as well as showing his carvings in six woodcarving shows a year and judging at some. Don became a member of the Caricature Carvers of America in 2009.

All of the Wood Bee Knife handles are made from Natural Wood and come with Don's Signature, Series Number, Knife Number as to when they are made and Logos are all hand wood burned into the handle. All handles are 4 inches in length and noted below is the style of the handle offered for each series which is the fat cigar handle or the thick oval handle. There are many different types of knives to choose from and each one has its own special carving attributes. Please check Don's web blog mentioned above to see what these special knives can accomplish.

All knives are custom made by hand one at a time please allow 7-10 days to make them.

Series 1 Universal Whittler Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 1 - The blade is approximately 2-1/4" long, with a 1-5/8" cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 2 Universal Scimitar Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 2 - The blade is approximately 2-1/4" long, 1-5/8" cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 3 Detail Carver Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 3 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 3-1 Detail Universal Whittler Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 3-1 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long, 1" cutting edge and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts. A detail version of Universal Whittler (No. 1)

Series 3-2 Detail Universal Scimitar Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 3-2 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long, 1" cutting edge and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts. A detail version of the Scimitar Whittler (No.2)

Series 4 Medium Scimitar Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 4 - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long, 1" cutting edge and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a fat cigar. The sweep style allows for slice cuts. Known as the work horse knife for its smaller blade size. It is made from our thickest blade stock.

Series 5 The Stinger Bee Knife

Signature Series 5 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long, 1-3/8" cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Stinger Bee is a version of the Series 2 knife, except the bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 6 The Mini Mertz Detail Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 6 - The blade is approximately 1-1/4" long and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped liked the fat cigar handles only it is much smaller in girth. The smallest blade in Don's knives. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 6-2 The Mini Mertz Detail Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 6-2 - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape) only it is much smaller in girth. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 6-2BH The Mini Mertz Detail Wood Bee Knife

Signature Series 6-2BH - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). Same blade as the 6-2 Mini Mertz only with a normal size thick handle. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 7 The Honey Bee Knife

Signature Series 7 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long, 1-1/8" cutting edge and .030 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The tang on the blade is ¾" with a 1" cutting surface in the Scimitar style. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 8 The Queen Bee Knife

Signature Series 4 - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long, 1" cutting edge and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The sweep style allows for slice cuts. Known as the work horse knife for its smaller blade size. It is made from our thickest stock. It is a version of the Series 4 knife, except the bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the knife blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 9 The Killer Bee Knife

Signature Series 9 - The blade is approximately 2-5/8" long, 2" cutting edge and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Killer Bee is the largest bladed knife the bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top making the blades cutting surface thinner. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 10 The Hornet Bee Knife

Signature Series 10 - The blade is approximately 2" long, 13/16" cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Hornet Bee knife has the extended tang and long reach. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 11 The Drone Bee Knife

Signature Series 11 - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long and .035 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). This Knife has a straight cutting edge.

Series 12 The Cuckoo Bee Knife

Signature Series 12 - The blade is approximately 1-1/2" long, 1-1/4" cutting edge and .035 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 13 The Bumble Bee Knife

Signature Series 13 - The blade is approximately 2-1/2" long, 1-1/4" cutting edge wide and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The blade has a slight angle down. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 14 The Wasp Bee Knife

Signature Series 14 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long, 13/16 cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). A detail version of the Hornet series 10 knife. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series S3 Sweet Bee Knife

Signature Series S3 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Sweet Bee knife is a copy of the Series 3, only the handle shape is different. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series S3-1 Sweet Bee Knife

Signature Series S3-1 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long, 1" cutting edge and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Sweet Bee knife is a copy of the Series 3-1, only the handle shape is different. The sweep style allows for slice cuts. A detail version of Universal Whittler (No. 1)

Series S3-2 Sweet Bee Knife

Signature Series S3-2 - The blade is approximately 1-3/16" long, 1" cutting edge and .032 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). The Sweet Bee knife is a copy of the Series 3-2, only the handle shape is different. The sweep style allows for slice cuts. A detail version of the Scimitar Whittler (No.2)

Series 15 The Chip Bee Knife

Signature Series 15 - The blade is approximately 1-5/16" long and .035 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. This knife is a chip carving knife.

Series 16 The Side Winder Bee Knife

Signature Series 16 - The blade is approximately 2" long, 1-3/8" cutting edge wide and .0575 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges. The "A" represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. "B" represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts. "C" represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES.

Series 16-2 The Side Winder Bee Knife

Signature Series 16-2 The blade is approximately 2" long, 1-3/8" cutting edge wide and .0575 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges. The "A" represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. "B" represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts. "C" represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). Same blade as Series 16 just a different handle shape. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES.

Series 17 The Side Winder Bee Knife

Signature Series 17 - The blade is approximately 1-5/8" long, 7/8" cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges. The "A" represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. "B" represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts. "C" represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES.

Series 17-2 The Side Winder Bee Knife

Signature Series 17-2 The blade is approximately 1-5/8" long, 7/8" cutting edge wide and .035 stock thickness. The Side Winder has three cutting edges. The "A" represents a longer cutting edge with a reverse skew angle used for general slicing cuts. "B" represents a curved cutting edge that can be used as a mini bull nose gouge as well as for making controlled stop cuts. "C" represents a curved skew cutting edge to be used for getting into tight areas and mini slicing actions. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a thicker oval handle (torpedo handle shape). Same blade as Series 17 just a different handle shape. REFERENCE PICTURE FOR DETAILS ON CUTTING PLANES.

Series 20 The Dragon Bee Knife

Signature Series 20 - The blade is approximately 2-1/2" long and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. The bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 21 The Dragon Bee 2 Knife

Signature Series 21 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. The bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 22 The Viper Bee Knife

Signature Series 22 - The blade is approximately 2-1/4" long and .0575 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. The bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 23 The Viper Bee 2 Knife

Signature Series 23 - The blade is approximately 1-5/8" long and .055 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. The bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 24 The Viper Bee 3 Knife

Signature Series 24 - The blade is approximately 1" long and .035 stock thickness. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. The bevel on the blade goes all the way to the top of the blade. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

Series 25 The Side Kick Bee Knife

Signature Series 25 - The blade is approximately 2-1/4" long with a cutting edge of 1" with a width of 3/4" and .035 stock thickness. The SIDE KICK is used primarily for roughing to basic shape of a carving project as it makes bold slicing cuts using the front end "A" almost like a bull nosed carving tool and then using the "B" cutting edge on the side to make a slicing cut in another direction. Where "A" and "B" cutting edges meet there is a small arching cutting edge that can serve as a mini bull nose gouge or for making controlled stop cuts and it also comes into play as a continuation of the slicing cuts of "A" or "B" to make a clean transition at the end of the slice. The front edge "A" has a curved cutting edge that creates a built in slicing action with the push stroke. The side edge "B" is basically a straight cutting edge that when used in a slicing action will shape the carving under the guiding hand of the carver. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. Please see photos below for visual information.

Series 26 The Side Kick II Bee Knife

Signature Series 26 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4"" long with a cutting edge of 3/4"" with a width of 1/2" and .035 stock thickness. The SIDE KICK is used primarily for roughing to basic shape of a carving project as it makes bold slicing cuts using the front end "A" almost like a bull nosed carving tool and then using the "B" cutting edge on the side to make a slicing cut in another direction. Where "A" and "B" cutting edges meet there is a small arching cutting edge that can serve as a mini bull nose gouge or for making controlled stop cuts and it also comes into play as a continuation of the slicing cuts of "A" or "B" to make a clean transition at the end of the slice. The front edge "A" has a curved cutting edge that creates a built in slicing action with the push stroke. The side edge "B" is basically a straight cutting edge that when used in a slicing action will shape the carving under the guiding hand of the carver. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. Please see photos below for visual information.

Series 27 The Side Kick III Bee Knife

Signature Series 27 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long with a cutting edge of 3/4" with a width of 5/16" and .035 stock thickness. The SIDE KICK is used primarily for roughing to basic shape of a carving project as it makes bold slicing cuts using the front end "A" almost like a bull nosed carving tool and then using the "B" cutting edge on the side to make a slicing cut in another direction. Where "A" and "B" cutting edges meet there is a small arching cutting edge that can serve as a mini bull nose gouge or for making controlled stop cuts and it also comes into play as a continuation of the slicing cuts of "A" or "B" to make a clean transition at the end of the slice. The front edge "A" has a curved cutting edge that creates a built in slicing action with the push stroke. The side edge "B" is basically a straight cutting edge that when used in a slicing action will shape the carving under the guiding hand of the carver. The handle is natural wood 4" long and is shaped like a pistol grip. Please see photos below for visual information.

Series 28 Super Bee Knife

Signature Series 28 - The blade is approximately 1-3/4" long, 1-1/4" cutting edge and .055 stock thickness. The handle is Walnut wood 4" long and shaped like a pistol grip. The sweep style allows for slice cuts.

 

 

 

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