Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:33 PM
I have some Addis gouges and every one is a great tool. I was carving out the inside of a violin back, probably the most difficult job in violin making. By difficult I mean hard carving. I thought I'd try some different gouges to see if one worked particularly well. I have a couple of gouges the proper shape that are German and an English Buck Bros. cast steel. The German one doesn't say cast steel. They sharpened up OK and cut OK. I tried a Addis cast steel I had and it was amazing how much better it cut. The Addis cut better, sharpen better, and hold their edge better. There's no comparison to the other tools I have. The Japanese tools I'm sure are fine tools and may work as well or even better. I don't know, I don't own any. I just know the Addis's are a joy to use (if you can say hoggin out the inside of a back is a joy job). You can still find them on Ebay and through antique dealers. They're not cheep but are cheaper than new Japanese tools.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:40 PM
If they say Cast Steel, they must be mid-19th c.? English tools from this period tend to be very good.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:25 PM
The London made ones are the earliest, but the most common ones you see have the Ward and Payne anvils when they were later made in Sheffield. I have quite a few that I've collected up over the years, but I don't use any of them now, I prefer new ones made by Ashley Iles.
Just as good, but you don't have to spend hours and hours on the sharpening stones with some pitted thing that has a cracked handle
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:21 AM
They are just superb in every single way.
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