Is there anything more frustrating than unpacking your new pumpkin carving kit, only to have the handle break off after approximately two sawing motions? Unless your pumpkin’s skin is paper thin, plenty of kits throw in the towel when it comes to carving even a fairly simple shape. Of course, when you have the five weird tools I recommend, you can even make more elaborate designs with ease – and without too much frustration.
Dremel 6-Volt Pumpkin Carving Kit
If you are a power tools fan, you already know Dremel’s rotary tools. Cordless and running on little more than AA batteries, this tool operates at 6,000 and 12,000 rpm. Forget the days of painstakingly sawing tiny pieces. With this much speed in a carving tool, not even thick-skinned pumpkins will stump you.
Pumpkin Gutter Drill Bit
This pumpkin carving tool makes quick work of the jack-o-lantern’s guts. In the past, this was the task for the strong carver. Dull scrapers and broken off spoons litter the work tables of those who have taken on – and failed – to gut their gourds. Why do this the old-fashioned way, when Wal-Mart carries a pumpkin gutter drill bit attachment? Attach it to your cordless drill and see it get out the stringy mess in record time. By the way, the attachment will not hurt your pumpkin seeds!
Linoleum Cutter Set
Dick Blick carries SpeedBall linoleum cutters. Opt for the set that comes with the handle and five cutters. There is nothing like this type of precision cutting tool to carve highly detailed features into the pumpkin surface.
For the uninitiated, spoon gouges are actually wood carving tools. As you may imagine, they are sturdy, durable and take on the toughest surfaces. Can they cut the famous strips in the skin of your pumpkin? You bet! The Traditional Woodworker carries a set of spoon gouges that are beautiful. I prefer a #9, but you might like the other ones better.
Pro Pumpkin Carving Tool
So you do not want to spend the money to put together a Halloween pumpkin carving tool set with weird tools that usually serve other purposes. No worries! Zombie Pumpkins carries a pro pumpkin carving tool set that features walnut and brass handles as well as high carbon steel blades. These are not the flimsy plastic and quick-to-break blades that you find for pennies in the grocery store. This is the real deal and when only a kit will do, this is the one to buy.