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hello to you, i noticed the auriou chris pye carving gouges, i heard good comments about this brand and i saw that they use the "sheffield" numbering where the "london pattern" for the different kinds of gouges, do you have any good comments about Auriou Chris Pye gouges??

Hi Martin,

The Auriou gouges are very good quality. If you can get the fishtail gouges, they are amazing. But the most common ones you can find are the "Elongee" shaped gouges. where they begin splaying at the shank, and slowly splay out at the blade (where fishtails only splay more aggressively near the blade). They started making fishtail gouges about 6 or 7 years ago and have always had difficulty with getting supplies out, and since COVID, it's been even worse.

Yes, they do run flatter than the German or Swiss gouges. So a #3, 14mm Auriou is more like a #2, 14mm Dastra. Even so, if you can find them, Auriou are very good tools to have.