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.

Saws

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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husky
$20.88

Husky Rubber Grip Adjustable Hack Saw Rust Resistant Hand Saw Hand Tool Versatile design works with 10 in. or 12 in. blades 3-1/2 ...in. depth cut Nickel-plated, solid steel frame for reliable strength Cushioned grip rubber handle offers comfort and... read more

Stanley
$19.29

4-way blade positioning cuts curves, circles and frets into places where an ordinary hacksaw cannot reach Cuts wood, nails, metal ...lath, composition board, BX cable, conduit, etc Lightweight, pistol grip handle fits hand Complete with one wood cutting... read more

Stanley
$21.29

Ergonomically designed curved handle is cushioned for comfort and extended use Fully hardened, tempered blade is designed to be st...rong and durable Teeth designed to cut fast and prevent clogging Sharp tip for plunge cuts Blade is epoxy-bonded to handle... read more

Stanley
$28.49

Used specifically for fine finish, plywood and hardwoods Designed for precise cutting including dovetails, miters, and tenons Heav...y duty screws for secure blade to handle assembly Solid, one piece bi-material handle delivers increased durability and... read more

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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BLACK+DECKER
$19.99 $13.49

Slicing is simple with the BLACK+DECKER Comfort Grip 9” Electric Knife. From carving meat, to slicing bread, to cutting foam for c...raft projects—this knife makes quick work of it all. The 9” stainless steel blades snap securely into place and an intuitive trigger turns the knife on and off. Wrist fatigue is minimized thanks to the Comfort Grip handle, which features a comfortable, ergonomic design. Plus, cleanup is a breeze—just hit the blade release button and lay the blades flat on the top rack of your dishwasher. They’ll be ready to go for your next project. read more

Kitchen + Home
$14.99 $9.99

Perfect for slicing Bread, Carving Roasts, and cutting Fruits and Vegetables 8" serrated blade keeps knife sharp Superior Surgical... Stainless Steel Lifetime Guarantee Bread Edge Knife- 8" Stainless Steel Serrated Carving Blade - Kitchen+Home. This knife... read more

Ronco
$17.79 $8.99

The ultimate performance,quality, and durabilityProduct Information Don't slice your delicious cooked meats using just any old kni...fe. Usethe Ronco Professional Carving Knife to carve turkey, chicken, roast,leg of lamb, duck, brisket, and more. This... read more

Stelton
$79.96

A pure design results in pure cutting pleasure. The Stelton Pure Black Carving Knife is made out of a single piece of chromium sta...inless steel in a soft and easy to grip matte black coating. The thick handle fluidly thins out into the exquisitely sharp blade. Useful in the kitchen anytime, and particularly impressive when used at the table during holiday dinners. Stelton, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, designs and manufactures superb Scandinavian tableware and personal accessories that enhance the modern daily living experience. read more

Scoops

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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Cake Boss
$29.99 $14.99

Stainless steel with rubberized handles. Dimensions: 9.25L x 3.94W x 0.87H in.. Spring action comfort grip handle. 2 tablespoon ca...pacity. Dishwasher safe. The Cake Boss Stainless Steel Mechanical Ice Cream Scoop doles out the same amount of ice cream or dough each time. This stainless steel ice cream scoop features a sturdy spring action design and easy-grip rubberized handle to make it a breeze to use. It's even dishwasher-friendly. read more

Oxo
$9.99

Find Scoops and Ladles at Target.com! I scream, you scream, we all scream for the Oxo Trigger Ice Cream Scoop. The innovative 1-ha...nd trigger system lets you dish up everyone's favorite treat in a flash. An ergonomic handle makes for comfortable scooping. The brushed metal ice cream scoop finish looks sleek, and the black handle goes with all of your kitchen tools. Pop the Oxo ice cream scoop in the dishwasher for easy cleaning, and use it every time someone brings home a gallon of frosty fun. read more

Mastrad
$4.99

Find Kitchen Spoons and Spatulas at Target.com! Easy grasp, non-slip handle. Fits your right or left hand. Press the silicone to r...elease ice cream. Color: Red. read more

Oxo
$7.99

Find Scoops and Ladles at Target.com! The Ice Cream Scoop Oxo will be the life of the party. Everyone wants their pie and cake a l...a mode, and this scoop makes it easy to dish out the frozen concoction of your choice. The black handle has a comfortable grip, and the solid metal scoop cuts smoothly through your gelato. When everyone has a dish of something yummy, just throw this ice cream scoop into the dishwasher for a quick and easy clean up. 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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Speedball
$11.26 $3.86

Speedball Linoleum Cutter - Shape: no. 1 liner - Unit: pack of 2 Speedball Lino Cutters are crafted from the finest quality steel ...and are hand ground for sharp, long lasting cutting edges for both hard and soft substrates. They're made in the USA The... read more

Speedball
$18.28

Speedball's Size 3 Large Liner Linoleum Cutter is made of superior-quality steel, for keen, long-lasting cutting edges.

Jack Richeson
$17.08

Jack Richeson Linoleum Cutter Set includes 1 handle and 1 each of 6 cutters- 6 per set SKU: SSPC73154

Speedball
$34.20 $19.99

Speedball Lino Cutters are crafted from the finest quality steel and are hand ground for sharp, long lasting cutting edges for bot...h hard and soft substrates. They-re made in the USA. The cutters can be purchased in boxes of 12. Linoleum Cutter Handles... 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.

Drill

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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Century Drill & Tool
$19.68 $11.97

CDAT1626 Features: Drill guide Self centering drill guide will accurately drill centered holes for hinges handles drawer slides or... other projects where precise drilling is required Fits 0.25'' quick change adapters Made in the USA Includes: Includes a... read more

Black+decker
$38.49

Find Powered Hand Tools at Target.com! Make your home projects easier with the Black+decker, 18 Volt Cordless Drill. Designed to b...e used by even the most novice of do-it-yourselfers, this power drill packs amazing power and speed into an easy-to-handle, user-friendly package. The long-lasting, rechargeable 18 volt NiCad battery and 24 adjustable torque settings will have you racing through projects. Ideal for drilling holes for hanging pictures as well as small repair projects, this cordless power drill is a must-have for any homeowner. This kit provides a great value since it includes 30 bonus accessories for your most common projects. They included bonus accessories are 10 drill bits, 10 double ended screwdriver bits, and 10 nutdrivers. Kit Includes 1 drill, 1 battery, 1 battery charger, 10 drill bits, 10 double ended screwdriver bits, and 10 nut drivers. Backed by a 2 Year Limited Warranty. Color: Orange. read more

Milescraft
$58.99 $21.99

Brand Name: Milescraft *Material: Steel *Shank Type: Hex *Drill Bit Diameter: 3/8 in. *Product Type: Right Angle Drill Attachment ...*Number of Pieces: 1 pc. *Packaging Type: Pack *Chuck Size: 3/8 in. *Application: Power Drill read more

Century Drill & Tool
$7.65

CDAT1640 Features: Screw drill For drilling the correct pilot hole and recess for countersinking all in one step Fast smooth cuts ...in all types of woods and plastics Four flute design for perfectly defined countersinks Includes: Includes replaceable... 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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Shape+Store
$34.99

The Smart Cookie will perfectly cut, portion and store your homemade cookie dough so it's ready to bake at a moment's notice! Anyt...ime you crave fresh baked cookies, simply remove The Smart Cookie from your freezer and transfer cookies from the tray directly onto your baking sheet. How clever is that? So compact and easy to use, The Smart CookieTM allows you to remove as few or as many cookies as you would like, saving the rest for another time. Bake a dozen for guests, a few for the kids or just one for your coffee break - it's up to you. Not only will you get several fresh baked servings of cookies from one batch of cookie dough, it's also a great way to practice portion control. Enjoy some fresh baked cookies today! read more

Shape+Store
$34.99 $31.73

The Smart Cookie will perfectly cut, portion and store your homemade cookie dough so it's ready to bake at a moment's notice! Anyt...ime you crave fresh baked cookies, simply remove The Smart Cookie from your freezer and transfer cookies from the tray directly onto your baking sheet. How clever is that? So compact and easy to use, The Smart CookieTM allows you to remove as few or as many cookies as you would like, saving the rest for another time. Bake a dozen for guests, a few for the kids or just one for your coffee break - it's up to you. Not only will you get several fresh baked servings of cookies from one batch of cookie dough, it's also a great way to practice portion control. Enjoy some fresh baked cookies today! read more

Oriental Trading Company
$6.49 $4.98

Add all the sugary goodness of cookies to your handmade jewelry supplies with these fun Valentine's Day charms. Cook up lovely gif...ts for friends using these delightfully delicious charms by pairing them with Valentine's Day beads for DIY necklaces,... read more

$44.00

Add a personal touch to your cookies with our customizable cookie stamper! Be the talk of the next party and surprise your friends... with a personalized treat. Each Cookie Stamper come with Interchangeable letters, numbers and symbols for endless possibilities. The perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a spot of home baking, or just eating a delicious cookie! Dimensions Width 72 mm Height 93 mm Depth 72 mm Weight 0.134 Kg read more

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.

Blades

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

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

Material

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.

Durability

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

Adaptability

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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