TIP 1 Cheap vs expensive tools
Cheaper tools are a great way to get started with carving your wood or lino block, but also adequate for use on softer blocks. With more commitment to the medium its worth investing in a few good quality u and v gouges and chisels, usable on lino and wood. These tools are made of high quality steel and easy to sharpen, making carving an enjoyable experience.
TIP 2 Which size tool?
Different brands have different numbering systems. Lyrebird advises a limited range at first. A set is a convenient way to buy tools, although you may not get the range from small to large that you would like, e.g. if you have a mixture of fine lines and large areas. It is worth considering buying gouges individually to get the range from small v to a large u.