These unique carving tools have a flexible shank. As the contour of the work surface changes, the angle of the handle remains nearly the same with the blade changing angles instead. The thin tool stock, combined with an acute-angled edge, gives a low resistance cut, passing through wood like a razor instead of a wedge. The dual tempered high carbon tool-steel shank offers excellent edge-holding properties, as well as a tough flexible shaft. The attractive black oxide finish is actually part of the steel itself. It will not crack or peel and rust is inhibited. The ergonomic Ash handle is a hybrid of the palm and long conventional handle. It provides a controlled grip while allowing the hand to remain reasonably relaxed by keeping the force on the heel of the palm instead of a tightly held tool. The blade length is 3˝ and the overall length is 5¼˝.