I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for me anymore, and anyway I don’t want to get tennis elbow again if I can possibly help it, so I’ve got a Q maybe some of you can A:

Spokeshave: do I get a flat or curved blade, or does it even matter that much? There seems to be about a $20 price difference between the two, so if I can get away with the less-expensive option, I’d rather.

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I've been using a spoke shave since watching Chickenbone Johns neck carving video. I use a modern Stanley 151 and the key is to properly sharpen the blade. If you are not sure how to properly sharpen a blade you should watch some youtube videos on sharpening plane blades.

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