Gouge identification

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KenB259

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I’m attaching a few pictures of a gouge. Nothing special to most people, it is to me though. It was my dad’s, at least 40 years old. It was one of the tools that I learned turning with, it’s still my favorite gouge to use. It’s an old craftsman HSS. I would love to get a couple more, maybe different sizes. The one in the picture is 3/4 inches across it. The problem, I haven’t been able to find any new gouge with this flat profile. Does anyone know where gouges with this profile can be bought?
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donstephan

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Each manufacturerlikely makes slightly different shapes, so a continental gouge from Sorby and one from Packard may have slightly different cross sections. The tang, if a tool made today, would suggest it is some version of a spindle roughing gouge, but that may not have been as reliable an indicator 40+ years ago. And of course it could have been made as a carving chisel. Regardless, based on the length of the flute there would seem to be a long life remaining for the tool.
 

KenB259

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Each manufacturerlikely makes slightly different shapes, so a continental gouge from Sorby and one from Packard may have slightly different cross sections. The tang, if a tool made today, would suggest it is some version of a spindle roughing gouge, but that may not have been as reliable an indicator 40+ years ago. And of course it could have been made as a carving chisel. Regardless, based on the length of the flute there would seem to be a long life remaining for the tool.
Yes there's lots of life left there, I was hoping to get something like it, in different sizes. This old gouge keeps it's sharpness better than any tool I own.
 

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I was hoping to get something like it, in different sizes. This old gouge keeps it's sharpness better than any tool I own.
I have 2 of them (and several other Craftsman turning tools from the same product line) but I've never seen any different sizes for this profile.
 

KenB259

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Found one at my local wood store tonight, that was just able to re open. BUT, they have a price on it of 90 dollars and it’s the exact same size I have. It’s a Sorby 840H model. The one I seen tonight has the exact same low profile. I did not buy it. I probably would have, had it been a different size than I have.


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I found a craftsman here from one of my wood turning friends, came from his dad stash that he is not using. Will check it out.
Stay tuned.
 
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