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So I'm looking to get started with some carving and there is a new in box set of Freud CS-106 6 pc gouge set near me that I thought might be a decent starter set.   I hopingI can get it for $75 Canadian.   Has anyone used these before are they decent for the price or should I hold off and get a couple of Pfeil tools as I can/need instead?

 

Thanks,

 

Kraken Fan #6

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Hello Douglas,

The tools should be of a size that will work on the scale that you wish to carve.  For me, those would likely be too big for netsuke-sized pieces.  As for quality, I will leave that up to others to offer their opinions.  What ever the tool, always keep them sharpened while in use, and cut away from the flesh.  As you use tools, your work will begin to tell you what is working to do your intentions, and what you might need to add to your array.  My most indispensable tools I have in a range from that of a needle-diameter to 1/4" diameter, for example.

Janel

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