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  • Narex Palm Gouges

    Hi, looking for any opinions if anyone has used the Narex Palm gouges? Based in the UK so options seem to be pretty limited.

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    I've been using a pair of Narex skews with 20 degree bevels. They held such good edges that I bought a second pair to modify into other carving tool shapes. Surprised as well how nicely the edges can be honed.

    If any other Narex carving tools were available here, I'd probably buy many of them.
    Brian T

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    • #3
      I'm in the UK and I and another carver in my carving group have this set, I think they're very good. https://www.turners-retreat.co.uk/narex-8-piece/p2668
      A few of the carvers have the Flexcut ones, https://www.turners-retreat.co.uk/to...g/flexcut/c335

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      • #4
        In my opinion. It’s personal preference I’ve owned flexcut cut but didn’t care for the flex prefer the more ridged tool as I feel I have better control. Also the flexcut is only tip hardened so over time you are carving with mild steel. I have never used narex but I believe they are well thought of.


        Ed
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        • #5
          Palm tools are clearly designed for small carvings and one-hand use. Many carvers move on to full size tools, not because they're doing large carvings but because full size tools allow for two handed use. I learned this lesson years ago when I started a 4 by 7 foot wall decoration with palm tools. Then I bought my first full size gouge. I have never gone back to palm tools, not even for small hand-held projects.

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          • #6
            All most all of my work is on a smaller scale, walking sticks and stick toppers. Most all my carving is done with a combination of intermediate Pfeil "Swiss made " chisels and Drake palm tools. But I learnd using My full size Pfeil tools. As pallin poined out you have much better control with the larger tools. With the smaller projects I have become a big fan of the intermediate Pfeil tools. I have the two hand control in a size that lets me work in a small area. They are useful with both large and small carvings. I would note that I try to use two hands with my palm tools too exceped when the work is not in a carving vice. Sorry . None of this answers your question about Narex tools whitch I am not familiar with. The point I was trying to make was that the intermediate size could be a option to look at.


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            • #7
              I was using my pair of 1/2" Narex skews yesterday. Revised from 25* down to 20*.
              Most all of the work in a form-line surface carved design, 8" x 48" in western red cedar.
              I have every confidence in the Narex steel quality. Some of the carving is fine work.
              I thought about how a palm tool might function and I can't imagine any advantage.
              Brian T

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              • #8
                Thanks for the input guys. It's mostly miniature character carvings I have been doing and don't have a carving vice so I think the palm gouges would be the best option. Thanks

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DarrenM View Post
                  Thanks for the input guys. It's mostly miniature character carvings I have been doing and don't have a carving vice so I think the palm gouges would be the best option. Thanks
                  Don’t forget the bandaids and keep a roll of paper towels handy.
                  Ed
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