Hans Karlsson CARVING GOUGE 55-30 STRAIGHT is made by renowned Swedish wood working tool makers Hans Karlsson Klensmide AB.
A gouge with a relatively short edge and medium sweep of this making this a good tool for working in smaller spaces or in smaller quantities. Typically used to hollow kuksa and small-medium size bowls.
Made of high quality steel SS2258. Designed to take a fine durable edge.
Similar to the Hans Karlsson CARVING GOUGE 35-30 BENT but with a slightly shallower sweep.
In bowl carving terms, as a bent gouge, this tool’s role is to remove wood lower down in the bowl after an adze or a straight gouge.
Hans Karlsson has his own reference system to describe the sweep (curvature) of a tools edge. In this case 55 is the curve of a circle designated by the diameter measured in millimeters. And 30 (1 3/16″) is the length of the cutting edge in millimeters from corner to corner.
Overall length 250mm (9 3/4″) including a 140mm (5 1/2″) handle.
The lightly oiled handle is made from locally grown Swedish ash or elm. Designed for comfort in the hand.
NOTE: this gouge is not designed for striking with a mallet, it’s for pushing only.
Hans Karlsson CARVING GOUGE 55-30 STRAIGHT is a beautiful and durable tool that is extremely well finished.
Sharpened and honed ready to use.
A good complement to the Hans Karlsson CARVING GOUGE 55-30 BENT