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Crafting a proper jack-o’-lantern requires more than a kitchen knife. A variety of blades (serrated, looped, and curved) make carving easy and accurate. Assemble the set of tools shown here to quickly remove the pumpkin’s insides and sculpt intricate details on the rind. You can find all of these tools at art-supply stores.
This tool’s sharp teeth cut through the rind to make the large hole, either on the top or the bottom.
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A serrated loop easily scrapes away the flesh, allowing light to shine through.
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Make a skin-deep outline and pattern with V- and U-shaped blades in a few sizes.
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To cut out areas with lots of detail, like for facial features, use an easy-to-maneuver blade.