Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Gouge question

Wiley Horne
Hi all,

Here is a photo of 5 gouges:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/48105067488/in/album-72157708940252281/

The 3 middle ones are Stubai, an Austrian firm; the outside ones are Ashley Iles. All of the Stubai’s have noses, whereas the Ashley Iles and every other gouge I’ve seen have squared-up shoulders. In fact I’ve read that the shoulders are to be kept square and not rounded (easy to do whilst sharpening, trust me on this).

But the Stubai company either has a different style, or these particular Stubai’s have a different purpose. The other Germanic gouges I’m familiar with—Three Cherries and Dastra—all have square shoulders like the Ashley Iles.

Do the gouges with noses have a specific use, different from the square shouldered ones?

Wiley

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