There is no right answer to what tool is best, other than what works best for you. I thought it would be interesting for the new carver or some one thinking about getting into carving to hear what people thoughts were on these tools. I have a good set of mallett tools that I started carving with but for carving toppers, handles and shanks I am a big fan of palm chisels. I would say I do about 95% of my work with palm tools. I do use a Foredom rotary tool for much of the rough out work. I find that with the palm chisels I have more control and flexibility. over the years I have tried a number of brands of these tools. The two brands I like best is Flexcut and Drake. I was give a 5 chisel set of Flexcut. That was my first introduction to using the palm tool and while they worked well. A few years later I was introduced to Drake tools made by Drake knives in Washington state USA. They are now my tool of choice. Thanks to birthdays, Christmas and having four kids I have quite a nice set to these tools now. But I really use about 8 of them and 3 different size carving knives for most of my work on canes and walking sticks.carving..If you are new You can do a great deal of work with just a few tools. I hope there is a large enough response to this to offer a good overview to those looking to start.