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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.

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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Diamond Masonry & Handheld Saws - Core Cut

Diamond Products - Core Cut Hydraulic motor with single trigger 24" blade capacity (not included)15 GPM versions Includes 12" WIP ...hoses read more

Diamond Masonry & Handheld Saws - Core Cut

Diamond Products 16" Fast-Cut SLR High Powered Hand Saw 45543 INCLUDES A FREE HIGH SPEED DIAMOND BLADE Light weight and balanced f...or less operator fatigue 5-stage, 3-medium filtration system Fully adjustable blade guard Smooth start decompression valve... read more

Diamond Masonry & Handheld Saws - Core Cut

Diamond Products - Core Cut Hydraulic motor with duel trigger 24" blade capacity (not included)15 GPM versions Includes 12" WIP ho...ses read more

Saw Trax

Spring Hold Down holds thinner material against frame for more material support. Recommended for material 1/4in. or less. Does not... have to be removed when cutting thicker material. U.S.A. Sheet Width Capacity ft. Recommended for material 1/4 in. or... 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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Joseph Joseph

Duo Carve Magnetic Knife and Fork Carving Set - The Duo Carve Magnetic Knife and Fork Carving Set is the ultimate set of functiona...l 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

Sarge Knives
$95.75 $108.81
at Sears Marketplace

SK-163 Meat Carving Set with Carving Knife and Fork - Serge knives understands the importance of toting a quality knife and that i...s why they are committed to providing a wide selection of high quality cutlery for every imaginable purpose. Serge offers survival knives folders lock backs fixed blades pocket knives as well as a unique line licensed by the Boy Scouts. Whether you are outdoors skinning game or indoors preparing to cook for your loved ones Serge has affordable knives sets for any occasion. Made from top-grade stainless steel Serge Blades remain sharp even after many years of use. read more

Wusthof

The Wusthof 8-in. Gourmet Carving Knife is an indispensable tool for holiday get-togethers, Sunday suppers and everyday meals. Its... long, thin blade has a tapered shape that makes it ideal for slicing flavorful turkeys, savory roasts and delicate hams to the exact thickness you and your family members desire. The knife blade is constructed from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel that's exceptionally durable and resists rust, corrosion and stains. Featuring an ultra-sharp point that easily penetrates through meats, the knife's straight edge provides a clean, smooth cut without shredding the delicate interior of your perfectly cooked roasts. The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold and use for extended periods, and its triple-riveted design keeps the blade secure as you carve. This Wusthof carving knife features a full-tang construction and bolster that makes it easy to balance and control, allowing you to maneuver the knife using a minimal amount of pressure. Whether you use this carving knife regularly or on special occasions, you'll appreciate the craftsmanship, exceptional quality and unmatched precision that's standard for Wusthof knives. Features: High-carbon steel blade ensures exceptional durability and resists stains and corrosion Ultra-sharp tip easily pierces through meats before slicing to ensure cleaner, smoother cuts Tapered knife design streamlines the slicing and carving process Ergonomic handle minimizes hand fatigue and ensures handling comfort Triple-riveted handle keeps blade in place read more

Sarge Knives
$59.95
at Amazon

Serge knives understands the importance of toting a quality knife and that is why they are committed to providing a wide selection... of high quality cutlery for every imaginable purpose. Serge offers survival knives, folders, lock backs, fixed blades, pocket knives as well as a unique line licensed by the Boy Scouts. Whether you are outdoors skinning game or indoors preparing to cook for your loved ones, Serge has affordable knives sets for any occasion. Made from top-grade stainless steel, Serge Blades remain sharp even after many years of use. 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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Crate & Barrel
$27.95 $34.95
at Crate & Barrel

Appealing contours, subtly scooped handles and a sparkling mirror finish distinguish the serrated stainless steak knives joining o...ur popular Scoop flatware family. -18/10 stainless steel -Dishwasher-safe -Made in Vietnam read more

Chef'n

FreshForce Small Scoop Turner - Finally a turner that is perfect for prepping and serving delicious rice risotto and ground meat. ...The Small Scoop Turner features a thin flexible nylon edge that slides easily under foods for turning and a deep scoop-like end for serving. Now there is no need to prep with one tool and serve with another. The Scoop Turner is top-rack dishwasher safe. Since being founded in 1982 Chef'n has become a housewares leader by creating fun and innovative products. The Chef'n product line includes international favorites such as the PepperBall the PalmPeeler and the SleekStor Collection. read more

Chef'n

FreshForce Large Scoop Turner - Finally a turner that is perfect for prepping and serving delicious rice risotto and ground meat. ...The Small Scoop Turner features a thin flexible nylon edge that slides easily under foods for turning and a deep scoop-like end for serving. Now there is no need to prep with one tool and serve with another. The Scoop Turner is top-rack dishwasher safe. Since being founded in 1982 Chef'n has become a housewares leader by creating fun and innovative products. The Chef'n product line includes international favorites such as the PepperBall the PalmPeeler and the SleekStor Collection. read more

Norpro

Scoop pasta frpm pot to plate, eggs, potatoes, beans, shrimp, vegetables & bagels from water. Long handle for deep pots.

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 Art Products

Speedball Linoleum Cutter with Handle Assortments- Set number: no. 1Speedball Linoleum Cutters are well built to give long service....The handles fit the hand comfortably and feature hand-adjusted screw chucks that makes it easy to change bladesThe handles a read more

Armstrong Hardwood Floors

The time and costsaving alternative to heat welding for most sheet applicationsWith patentpending S761 Seam Adhesive from Armstron...g Commercial Flooring installing vinyl sheet or linoleum is quicker and easier bringing value to the installation process for both the owner and the contractorPerfect for installing residential and commercial vinyl sheet flooring Installing a floor with S761 Seam Adhesive saves time and money over traditional heat weldingGo from almost 11 hours of seam installation with heat welding to just 15 minutes with S761Heat welding costs 3 to 5 per lineal foot while S761 Seam Adhesive costs pennies per seamNo complex installation necessary Simple enough for any installer to successfully complete a seamNo extra equipment needed Heat weld tools can cost anywhere from 1500 to 2000Complete 144 lineal feet per bottle of S761 read more

TEC

TEC Linoleum Flooring Adhesive is solventfree nonflammable freezethaw stable and virtually odorless when dry TEC Linoleum Flooring... Adhesive can be used where other adhesives might present potential health risks It is suitable for office buildings hotels hospitals schools restaurants assisted living facilities etc and contains microbiocides to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew TEC Linoleum Flooring Adhesive can be used to install linoleum sheettile materials over porous and nonporous substrates It exhibits quick grab and spreads easily TEC Linoleum Flooring Adhesive has excellent resistance to plasticizer migration and sets to a tough permanent bondFor linoleum sheet and tileAggressive quick grabspreads easilyExcellent bondOpen time45 minutesLow VOC low odorCan also be used to install glass back sheet vinyl and LVTAvailable in 4 US gallon plastic pails read more

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Amana Tool

Amana Tool 987-VC Carbide Tipped Shear Face/Cove Vertical Raised Panel 1-5/8 Radius x 3-1/2 Dia x 5/8 Cut Height x 1/2 & 3/4 Bore ...Shaper Cutter for 5/8 Material Sold by Toolstoday 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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CP Rotary Drills & Core Drills

Chicago Pneumatic Round Shank Chuck 3/4" x 3 3/4" Excellent power-to-weight ratio helps drill holes faster and easier than compara...ble electric rotary hammers. Weighs only 8 lbs. Cushioned piston for smooth operation, long life. "Hushed Power" muffler... read more

Hougen Mag Drill Presses

Hougen The big brother to the HMD115, The HMD150 is small, powerful, and a has a full 1" depth of cut. It gets into tight spots wi...th the low profile 7-13/16" height. Also it has the new lift detection safety feature, eliminating safety switch... read more

Diamond Core Drills - Core Bore Weka

Drill stands only include: base, column (mast), carriage, ceiling jack, motor mount plate, and wheels.

CS Unitec Magnetic Drills

CS Unitec Reversible motor for drilling and tapping applications - holes up to 2 " dia. Variable-speed control in two gears Ideal ...for drilling, tapping and countersinking Compact height of 16-1/2" Lightweight and portable at 29 lbs. Strong 10.5 Amp... 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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The American Cookie Cutter Co.

Flavortools Proudly Made in USA Cookie Cutters are made from materials sourced in USA. This provides good American manufacturing j...obs, supports the economy and provides you with the highest quality control, from raw material to finished product. read more

The American Cookie Cutter Co.

Flavortools Proudly Made in USA Cookie Cutters are made from materials sourced in USA. This provides good American manufacturing j...obs, supports the economy and provides you with the highest quality control, from raw material to finished product. read more

The American Cookie Cutter Co.

Flavortools Proudly Made in USA Cookie Cutters are made from materials sourced in USA. This provides good American manufacturing j...obs, supports the economy and provides you with the highest quality control, from raw material to finished product. read more

The American Cookie Cutter Co.

Flavortools Proudly Made in USA Cookie Cutters are made from materials sourced in USA. This provides good American manufacturing j...obs, supports the economy and provides you with the highest quality control, from raw material to finished product. 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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Shutterfly
$0.95 $1.19
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Scary Pumpkins Halloween Orange 4x8 Photo Card
Gemmy
$214.38 $344.99
at Sears

Give them a huge fright this Halloween with this colossal, 14ft. Pumpkin reaper! Airblown inflatables give your outdoor decor maxi...mum impact with minimal effort. You just stake it down, plug it in and watch it inflate! It comes with stakes and tethers for quick and easy set up, and collapses down for off-season storage. read more

Gemmy 51 in. W x 39 in. D x 168 in. H Halloween Airblown Inflatable Pumpkin Head Reaper
Cake Boss
$7.99 $9.99
at Sears

Serve up a batch of spooktacular treats with the help of this Cake Boss Halloween fondant press set. Product Features: Easy-to-use..., spring-loaded handles add convenience. What's Included: Bat fondant press Cat fondant press Spider/web fondant press Witch fondant press Product Construction & Care: Nylon/metal Dishwasher safe Product Details: Model no. 59465 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Cake Boss Decorating Tools 4-pc. Halloween Fondant Press Set 4 pc.
Shindigz

Halloween Milk Chocolate Lollipop Favors will be the hit of any Halloween party. Halloween Milk Chocolate Lollipop Favors come in ...designs ranging from not so scary to frightening. read more

Halloween Milk Chocolate Lollipop Favors
Xia Home Fashions
$67.99 $91.99
at Wayfair

Xia Home Fashions XD149831600 Two appliqu-embroidered pumpkins accent this warm and inviting harvest season cutwork linens collect...ion! Features: -Pumpkin collection.-Made of easy care polyester.-Embroidered pumpkins on cutwork.-Machine washable.-Holiday: Halloween.-Product Type: Doily/Placemat.-Collection: Pumpkin Patch Embroidered Cutwork.-Color: White.-Primary Material: Polyester -Primary Material Details: ..-Number of Items Included: 4.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 0.1.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 16.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 16.-Overall Product Weight: 0.6.Assembly: -Assembly Required: No -Tools Needed for Assembly: ..-Installation Required: No -Tools Needed for Installation: ..-Additional Parts Required: No -Parts Needed: .. read more

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Inno Art
$11.24 $14.99
at Target

Find serving dishes, trays and food stands at Target.com! Halloween plastic punch bowl - black

Halloween Plastic Punch Bowl - Black
Love-Less Ash Company
$69.99 $89.99
at Wayfair

XIAH1579 Features Pumpkin collection Made of easy care polyester Embroidered pumpkins with ribbon and ruffle accents Machine washa...ble Holiday: Halloween Product Type: Table Runner Dimensions Overall Width - Side to Side: 72 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.8 Pounds Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 0.2 Inches read more

Xia Home Fashions Pumpkin Embroidered Polyester with Suede Accents Table Runner
Garden Fun
$29.99 $49.99
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Light up your harvest home and Halloween garden in bright orange color without worrying about extension cords, over-crowded outlet...s or remote power-sources. Our Solar LED String Lights give you almost limitless options to decorate your bushes, railing, windows, doors, roof-lines, walkways, and other hard-to-reach areas where power was previously a problem. And, with a built-in photo cell, these impressive lights shut-off at dawn and return at dusk. Our Solar String Lights will make it easy for you to quickly and economically enhance your outdoor garden setting. Each 40 foot outdoor lighting string comes complete with 100 bright Solar Powered LED lights, a base plate with a ground stake and extension tube, the solar panel of course, and the included AA Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries already in the unit. The White LED bulbs are rated to last 10,000 hours or more and will stay lit for up to 8 hours on a full days charge of direct sunlight. Don't let high electricity costs keep you from the joys of outdoor lighting. With no wires to run, no extension cords to buy or connect, and no more worry about crowded outlets, they solar string lights are perfect for the garden, and those remote locations. They charge automatically when the sun comes out, and the photocell turns them off as dawn and back on at dusk. Each solar lights string has the option to remain on solid or flashing/twinkle with the flip of a switch. Plenty of length will also let you wrap it around your railings, your bushes, or even your entrance pillars. A low profile design allows the lights to shine, not the dark green wiring. Install is super easy, and the entire string lights will always stay lit, even if one bulb ever happens to go out. Aside from the long lasting power, and the no power needed, what we really love about this particular Solar LED String Light Set is that you get nearly 6 feet of slack from the solar panel to the first light in the strand giving you awesome flexibility when deciding where to place your sting lights. If your patio string lights plan to wrap up an umbrella, or you want to surround a window or line some steps, you don't have to have a bulky solar panel hanging right there alongside the lights. We've seen similar products that give you 12 inches of slack, and then sell you a strand of 100 lights, each light 1-2 inches apart. That is not nearly enough play room. With nearly 6 feet of starting slack, and 4 inches between bulbs, you can bunch up or stretch out this string as long as you like. Great of Halloween, Evening Parties, Special Occasions, Christmas, and Other Holidays. Use for Walkways, Low Level Safety Lighting, Outdoor Railings, Halloween Decorating, Shrubs, Patios, Gates, Decks and more! These decorative and festive solar light strings can you be used in unlimited ways! Also available in our extremely colorful and festive Multicolor 50-LED String Lights solar version! Additional Info: Solar Powered String Lights - 100 LED ORANGE. High Quality Solar Cell Panel with Built-in Photo Cell Ensures Automatic Nighttime Operation. Continuous or Flashing Mode options. Illumination up to 8 hours on a single charge. Includes Rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries. Lifespan over 100,00 hours! Great for lighting your gardens & adds a fun touch to any outdoor setting! read more

Solar String Lights - 100 LED Orange
Sunstar Industries

This spooky colored ghost is a fun and light hearted way to decorate your festive Halloween displays. This funky ghoul is lit up b...y a combination of orange, yellow, red, blue and green lights. This light up ghost prop run on AAA batteries. read more

Large Lightshow Led Hanging Prop
Team Sports America
$20.99 $34.99
at Bealls Florida

Show your friends and neighbors how much you love the University of Florida Gators with the Forest Face from Team Sports America. ...5-pc. set is all weather resin & each piece has a durable hook for easy hanging on a tree, fence, house or to dress up a pumpkin. GO GATORS!, For the Home,Team Shop,Team Accessories read more

Florida Gators Forest Face by Team Sports America-No Size,
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