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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 02-10-2011 01:29 AM 1199 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2011 01:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool gouge carving vintage two cherries pfeil addis henry taylor buck bros sorby

Just curious. If money was no object, and you wanted/needed a new set of gouges, what brand would you choose. I personally would be torn between Two Cherries and Pfeil, leaning more towards the Two Cherries. Or would you piece together a set of old, used but in good shape, vintage gouges, such as S.J. or J.B. Addis, Henry Taylor, Buck Bros, or Sorby gouges? The only problem with the vintage gouges is finding matching handles. Man I want a set of 12 or so, Two Cherries so bad,haha. What kinda gouges do you want?

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 01:42 AM

there is a nice set of japanese ones that grizzly sells
these are the ones I want but I want the chisels.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 02:01 AM

I have a set of some Pfeils and like them very much . Truthfully I don’t think you would go wrong with any of them , both old and new . When I bought mine they were used and in perfect condition , I don’t think the person used them . Price was a big reason for my purchase of a used set , right place , right time and a good deal .

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 02:16 AM


I’d put together an old set. It takes time but it’s well worth the effort. I’d avoid Two Cherries because they’re too thick and clunky. I’ve got a few and have reground them to where they’re just clumsy which is better than the awful they were. Pfeil’s steel is on the soft side but they’re properly shaped other than the V tool which is lousy. Ashley Iles aren’t too bad but they’re also too thick and clumsy feeling. With a little grinding the Ashley Iles are serviceable and one of the better modern options. Al Breed suggests Stubai out of Australia. I’ve never seen or used any so I can’t say much about them.

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