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  • Drake Palm Gouges

    While all of my full-size chisels are Pfeil, the very few palm gouges that I have a Flexcut. I ordered some Drake gouges last night and can't wait to get them. From what I have read here on the forum, they should be very nice. I ordered several sweeps in narrow widths for fine detailing in larger carvings. I have to use readers now (only 1.5s) and bringing carvings closer does not work so well with full size carvings.

    I was wondering if they come sharp or if I will have to hone and polish them once I get them.
    Last edited by PittsburghTim; 01-03-2019, 05:31 PM.

  • #2
    Drakes are awesome they come very sharp out of the box, no sharpening required.


    • #3
      Love my Drake palm chisels........Mark is right awesome.


      • #4
        With steady use in soft woods, how long before you "feel" the edge going away and it's time to hone again?

        In hand work in western red cedar, I can feel the edges going on Pfeil tools in 30-40 minutes.
        I can see it with a 10X magnifier. 5 strokes is enough.
        Brian T


        • #5
          I have never done well sharpening gouges by hand. I use either a Tomz honing machine or a leather strop on my small belt grinder. I have a good understanding of the geometry of the desired cutting edge, just not the dexterity and/or patience to sharpen gouges on a flat surface.

          If patience is a virtue, I'm not always virtuous!


          • #6
            Some of the best tools out there! (IMHO)