Question of the Day: What is your Pumpkin Carving Weapon of Choice?

Pumpkin Carving

What is your Pumpkin Carving Weapon of Choice?

Note: Since the publication of this post, I have at the suggestion of a reader, settled on a drywall hole-saw as my Pumpkin Carving Weapon of Choice.

Fall is my favorite season of the year. There are hay rides, corn mazes, and rivers full of spawning brook trout. I can sit at home and watch the World Series – just like the Yankees. There is also the annual ritual of visiting the pumpkin patch with the family and carving our jack-o-lanterns . . .


What blades did you tool up with for your pumpkin carving this year?

I am by no stretch an artist. If I finish with 10 Band-Aid free fingers and a pumpkin with a vaguely recognizable face, I consider the endeavor a success.

This year I tooled up with my Mora Bushcraft and a 6″ Henckels filet knife from my kitchen block. I chose the Mora for the rough work because of the infallibility of the rubber grip when covered in any manner of slime. I used the Henckels for the detail work.

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In my case it was a Mora Bushcraft for the rough work, and Henckles filet knife for the fine.

The Mora was adequate for circling the stem, but was really too thick to use for the face itself. It didn’t wander much, and the grip was everything I had hoped it would be. The Henckels did a fantastic job.  Its thin and sharp blade would be easily capable of results much better than my pedestrian efforts.

So I ask our edged intelligentsia: What is your personal Pumpkin Carving Weapon of Choice ?

Did any of your results look like this?

Mine certainly don’t.

Sidebar question: Do any of you watch “Halloween Wars” on Food Network? It always amuses me how Forged in Fire is just like a cooking show except they are making knives.


  1. jwm says:

    The dullest butter knife I can find. I want that pumpkin to feel every moment of agony while I’m carving it. I want to see real pain, horror and anguish on that face when I’m done.

    Wanna stop by my place for halloween?

  2. Derek says:

    A cheap “steak” knife from Sam’s Club for the heavy work, “Bakers & Chefs” I believe they’re called. They aren’t much to look at but they’ve got very deep serrations, those things are like handheld band saws. And some no name paring knife I’ve had in my kitchen for about 15 years for the finer stuff. Yeah, I’m no artist lol.

  3. Alex says:

    I went the Mora route (Mora 2000). Also the Kershaw Military Boot Knife.

  4. Mr. Lighter says:

    Y’all are lame. Every year I pull out the Ka-Bar for pumpkin duty.

  5. Sam L. says:

    I’m planning on a little Ginsu paring knife.

  6. htom says:

    Kitchen utility knife to open it up, then Xacto mini-saws.

  7. Duncan Idaho says:

    Condor Bush Cutlass.

  8. Jake says:

    Drywall jab saw

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