Last year's advise on pumpkin knives was spot-on. Thanks.
My recipe was to use the wood cutting blades from the SKIL big-pack of blades available at HD. These are long blades with pointed end, smooth ground sides and good open teeth. The Bosch variable rake wood blades looked good to, but were not pointed. 6" sections of cast-off broom handle were chucked in the Atlas 10F for 1/2" epoxy holes and a few grip rings. In order to seat the blades deep enough so epoxy grabs at least 2 teeth you need a hole about1" deep. In order to hold the blade in place while the epoxy set, and to act as a binding point for the epoxy, I put a wood screw in sideways, as a set screw. With the set screw lightly contacting the blade, the blade will not fall over while the epoxy cures. One package of "6-minute" is enough for 3 knives. In 30 minutes the stuff is pretty hard; in 2 hours it is rock hard. Run the epoxy across the end of the handle to seal it. The technique is jab and saw, not cut like a knife. The blades are smooth sided (be sure to get that type) so the cuts are clean and sharp. Since there are no long sharp edges, these specialized knives are OK around children 3 and older.