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Pumpkin Carving Tools Buying Guide

Sure, when it comes to pumpkin carving, an ordinary paring or carving knife might get the job done. But for more devoted Halloween pumpkin carving enthusiasts, nothing beats a strategic set of pumpkin carving tools to cut, carve, sculpt, and shape. Find out what sorts of pumpkin carving magic the current crop of gadgets can help you achieve. 

Types of Pumpkin Carving Tools

Types of Pumpkin Carving Tools

A few years ago, pumpkin carving was limited to the few general shapes that a paring or carving knife could eke out: triangles, a few teeth in a smiling mouth, round eyes. But that's no longer the case—pumpkin carving has reached the zenith of creativity and craftiness, thanks to tools that allow individual expressions on this Halloween mainstay. Those include a few types of tools developed specifically for the holiday, and a few others borrowed from general home maintenance departments, that make creating a fantastic pumpkin easier than ever. Try saws, carving knives, scoops, V-edge tools, awls, pokers, tracers, linoleum cutters, hole cutters, wood gouges, drills, and cookie cutters.


With a handle and serrated blade, saws of varying sizes are used to carve shapes and lines in pumpkins. They come in miniature versions, too, and often are narrow or have changeable blades.

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The new DEWALT hand saws, with their flexible blades, slide into places power saws will not reach such as when cutting dowels, dry...wall, shims, trim, molding, and more. The saw blades are also heat-induction treated for long blade life. DWHT20000 features a reversing blade with push button for left or right handed cutting. read more

Corona Clipper
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10" Folding Pruning Saw, For Small To Medium Branches, 10-1/2" Folding Blade, Curved Blade Design For Faster Cutting, Tempered Ste...el Alloy Blade, 6 Precision Ground Teeth Per Inch, Comfortable Hardwood Handles. read more


The 12 inch Combination Bow Saw and Hacksaw features a bow saw for cutting wood and hacksaw for both plastic and metal.


462-16324 Features: -Product Type:Keyhole Saw. Dimensions: -Overall Product Weight:2.04

Carving Knives

Carving knives are tools with a small handle and a blade that are used to cut out small and large sections of pumpkins.

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Carve everything from turkeys to roasts with the Zwilling J.A. Henckels 2-pc. Zwilling Pro Carving Set. The 7-inch carving fork everything in place while you slice perfectly even pieces of ham, duck, lamb or beef with the 8-inch knife. The long tines are also useful when moving carved slices from the cutting block or serving tray to individual plates for friends and family to enjoy. Both pieces are made of durable high-carbon stainless steel, so you can rely on them for your most important dinner events. The blade of the carving knife has been ice-hardened to create an edge that stays sharp over time, reducing the need for frequent honing and sharpening. The resin handles are triple-riveted to ensure stability, and they are comfortable to grip when you're carving a large bird. Made in Germany and backed by a limited lifetime warranty, this set will serve you well for years to come. Best Used For: While we love carving holiday turkeys, large hams and impressive roasts with this carving set, we also use it to slice chicken and small roasts during family meals. Impress guests with your carving skills when you use this set to carve a leg of lamb, Peking duck or roast goose at your next formal event. Features:Durable forged blade withstands plenty of wear and tearComfortable resin handles keep hand fatigue at bayTwo-piece set lets you carve and serve the slices to guests without requiring other utensils read more

From carving your Thanksgiving turkey to Thursday night's pot roast, you'll find plenty of reasons to turn to this Wusthof 2-pc. G...ourmet Carving Set. This set comes with a traditional 8-inch carving knife and a coordinating meat fork to make fast work of the toughest carving jobs during the holidays and all year long. Use the sharp meat fork for holding your bird or roast in position while you carve away and get everyone served quickly. Both pieces are equipped with laser stamped high-carbon German-engineered stainless steel for lasting durability and efficient use. Each has a full tang design for added resilience and strength during use. As a bonus, the stainless steel resists rusts and stains and holds a super-sharp edge for the best results every time. The handles of these pieces are crafted from high-impact plastic and are triple riveted in place for a comfortably secure grip as you carve and serve. The carving knife has a full 8-inch blade, making it suitable for most carving tasks, while the meat fork is equipped with 6-inch-long tines for dependable performance. This carver and meat fork are part of the Gourmet Collection from Wusthof, and a lifetime warranty is included. Features: Set includes a meat fork and 8-inch carving knife for carving turkey and slicing roasts and chicken Both pieces have stamped blades that are constructed from high-carbon stainless steel for remarkable durability and lasting performance The handles of each piece are triple riveted for a comfortably secure grip read more

Joseph Joseph
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The Duo Carve Magnetic Knife and Fork Carving Set is the ultimate set of functional, practical, space-saving kitchenware. The set ...includes an 8-inch Japanese stainless steel carving knife and a 7.5-inch stainless steel fork, perfect tools to tackle even the toughest carving job. Their innovative design features a protective sheath and magnetic handles so the tools join securely together for compact storage. Wash and dry by hand. By Joseph Joseph, masters of form and function. read more

Joseph Joseph
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The Trio Carve Chopping Board with Magnetic Knife and Fork Carving Set is the ultimate set of functional, practical, space-saving ...kitchenware. It includes Joseph Joseph's popular double sided, multi-function chopping board with non-slip feet and soft-grip sides. The board's angled cutting surface is designed to assist in the collection and drainage of liquids and it has an integral meat grip on one side of the board to assist when carving. The set also includes an 8-inch Japanese stainless steel carving knife and a 7.5-inch stainless steel fork with protective sheath and magnetic handles so the tools join securely together for compact storage. Everything you need to tackle even the toughest carving job. Wash and dry carving set by hand, board is dishwasher safe. By Joseph Joseph, masters of form and function. read more


Small enough to fit through an opening in a pumpkin, a scoop has a short handle and a spoonlike bowl to scrape and remove the pulpy insides of the gourd.

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Amco Houseworks
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Amco's stainless steel Scoop Colander is the kind of tool that you buy for one job and find yourself wondering how you ever lived ...without it. From scooping fried food out of hot oil to scooping rice, vegetables or beans for serving, you'll find yourself reaching for this tool again and again. Its unique squared-off shape lets you get into corners, and the long handle keeps your hands safely away from the heat source. Handle end is pierced for hanging. read more


This scoop colander can be used for straining hot or cold foods. The scoop design allows you to go from strain to serve in one mov...ement. The nylon construction is heat resistant to 400-Degree. read more


Made of BPA-free plastic. Features comfort grip design. Measures 9 long from handle to base and 3 width across scoop. Dishwasher... safe. read more

V-Edge Tools

A V-edge tool resembles a knife, but the point of the tool is shaped into a V. This can be used to cut out corners of a pumpkin or to edge out designs with more detail.

Awls, Pokers, and Tracers

Handheld pokers and tracers are typically used to transfer designs from stencils to the pumpkin surface. Some have one point, while others are a roller type with multiple points that are rolled over a design.

Linoleum Cutter

A hardware staple, a linoleum cutter is a great way to cut down the outer layer of pumpkin without cutting through the surface.

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Rollers now have zinc plated roller sections to help prevent rust and come with a protective wheelie case. Constructed of solid s...teel to provide a lifetime of trouble-free service. All models have rollers with smooth surfaces and rounded corners to protect flooring materials from indentations. Each roller section floats indepenedently on the axle to automatically compensate for subfloor irregularities. The end roller sectiosn are recessed to inset the axle, preventing wall scuffing. read more

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Made from solid steel for a lifetime of trouble free surface. Flooring materials are protected by the roller's smooth surface and ...rounded corners. All rollers float independently on the axle to compensate for subfloor inconsistencies. read more

M-D Building Products

Carpet installation knives from M-D Building Products are durable and contractor-grade to help you tackle your next carpeting proj...ect. Three types of knives for cutting a variety of materials including carpet, carpet pad, vinyl tile, vinyl sheet goods, linoleum, wallpaper, and more. This Linoleum Knife is an excellent tucking tool with a high carbon steel blade. read more

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Trewax vinyl and linoleum instant wax stripper prepares floor for re-waxing by instantly removing old wax build-up. It quickly and... easily dissolves old finishes fast. For use on no wax, vinyl, linoleum, stone, tile and concrete. read more

Hole Cutters

Hole cutters are short metal pipes; their short ends—used by potters—help create holes in pumpkins by pushing in with a hammer or by hand.

Wood Gouges

Used by woodworkers, these tools, often available with changeable blades, can be used to scrape the surface of a pumpkin to make it thinner, creating depth and texture.


A power drill can be used to dot a pumpkin with holes or transfer a design from a stencil to a pumpkin.

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20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 in. Compact Drill Driver - DCD780C2. (2) 20V MAX 1.5 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Packs. Belt Hook. Cha...rger. Carrying Case read more

$99.99 $159.99

This 18V Compact Drill is lightweight and compact for use in the tightest conditions. With a 1/2 In. chuck and high performance mo...tor, this Drill/Driver provides the versatility to complete a wide range of applications while reducing user fatigue. read more


18V Cordless Drill KitFrom the Manufacturer Kawasaki power tools and equipment deliver quality value and satisfaction to do-it-you...rself consumers. Kawasaki power tool users rate Kawasaki value higher than any other leading brand. For over 35 years Kawasaki has brought consumers the highest level of fun and adventure with products that deliver unbridled power and excitement.Comfortable no slip matte grip. 3/8 keyless chuck. 25 torque settings to match power to job. Built-in bubble level. Includes 15 piece accessory set.Kawasaki 840107 Specifications:Dimensions: 4L x 10.78W x 12.25HWeight : 6.75 read more

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XRP extended run-time batteries provide long run-time and battery life. Patented 3-speed all-metal transmission matches the tool t...o task for fastest application speed and improved run time. read more

Cookie Cutters

Good old-fashioned cookie cutters—the same tools used at holidays to create seasonal cookies—can make shapes in pumpkins.

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Old River Road
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The Old River Road Champagne Bottle Cookie Cutter is an attractive and well built cookie cutter ? that's ? pure fun, with its uniq...ue and whimsical design. The cutter is made of 100 % copper; it has a solid lip and measures an inch deep. Sturdy and intricate, this cutter is made to be used and made to last! Old River Road Cookie Cutters are heirloom quality (and sure to become one of your family's most cherished possessions). Holidays, birthdays and other times that we gather round one another are important times, times when we celebrate our lives, our special relationships; they are times when we remember days-gone-by ? and create new memories. Bring it all together in the kitchen, year after year, from one generation to the next, with Old River Road Cookie Cutters. With these premium cutters your holiday (and other special occasion) joy and laughter will be remembered and will continue on ? your children will remember their childhood while creating memories with their own children, while using the family's Old River Road Cutters. These premium cutters have been featured in Bon Appetit, Country Living, Victoria, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and were selected by House Beautiful as a "must have for the holiday season" on Good Morning America. Hand wash with warm soapy water; dishwasher is not recommended. Hand made in India by Old River Road ? "From our hands to yours ?" and from your hands to the next. read more

APS Paderno World Cuisine
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This Paderno World Cuisine plastic hearts cookie cutter sheet measures 22.5 by 15.375 and creates individual but various forms, one based on one theme. They are made of plastic with sharp raised imprints. read more

R & M International

High quality novelty cookie cutter set features great designs that keep their shape through baking.

Product Features

Product Features

Pumpkin carving tools are fairly straightforward: they cut, they scoop, they scrape. But the detail that the tools can accomplish varies on how each tool is made and what it's intended to do. How well they do those tasks also differs based on the pumpkin carving tools' product features. Those include blades, handles, and materials. Here's a short overview of the product features to consider and how they affect the use of your pumpkin carving tools.


Read the product label to see what the blades are made of and how they are sharpened. If blades are interchangeable, see how easy it is to swap out blades.


Handles can be plastic or wood; plastic may break more easily, while wood may be stronger.


The portion of the tool that does the work may be plastic or metal. Thinner plastic may be less strong when carving the pumpkin surface.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

There's no need to purchase pumpkin carving tools each year. If you buy the right tools for the kind of pumpkin carving you enjoy, they can and should last. To ensure they do, review just a few purchase considerations. Those include care and storage, durability, and adaptability. Here's a quick overview of what you need to know before you buy.

Care and Storage

Review the cleaning and storage requirements of pumpkin carving tools; some may be dishwasher-safe, while others may need to be hand-washed and have their wood handles oiled.


Choose pumpkin carving tools that are made well and strong enough to carve and cut without breaking.


Some pumpkin carving tools have flexibility of use: a power drill is a widely used household item, cookie cutters are used in baking, and awls have a variety of uses in crafting.

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Having a Halloween party? Fill this creepy crawly crepe paper spider piata with trick-or-treat candy and hang him from a tree door... or a parlor ceiling. He'd make an awfully cute centerpiece too! Hanger included. 13 x 4 3/4 x 6 Piata stick and toy & candy assortment sold separately. read more

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