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Wood Carvers Put Schaaf Tools Steel to the Test

Not all chisel blades are created equal.  Any wood carver who has experience using a professional quality gouge versus a "Harbor Freight" alternative knows that.  So what's the difference? Or more specifically, why do the two cut and feel so different? The steel holds the answer.  In this article, we explore how professionals Joe Dillett and Dick Belcher test the metal of their wood carving tools (literally), as they demonstrate on Schaaf Tools gouges. The Spark Test When Wood Carving Illustrated first got their hands on our 12 piece beginner carving chisels, they sent the set to Dick Belcher, of Belcher Carving Supply, to test the steel quality. I remember hearing the chisels passed the spark test, and Dick was...

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