routine care, that is….
Nothing I know of will prevent steel from
rusting some when put away wet in warm weather, especially when
covered with sweaty, salty fingerprints.
If your tools are
used indoors and live in a heated shop, you might not benefit
much from this other than a good way to hide rust staining that
won’t buff off. If your tools live and work in wet, open
boat sheds, however, then these methods may be of some benefit.
I’ve been looking for
one of these large hand gouges or slick gouges for a long time
to compliment my heirloom 3” slick. When a good bit of
stock requires removal to fit two large timbers together, the
gouge works like a scrub plane to remove high spots and set the
depth of the cut, to be smoothed afterwards using the slick.
This one is unmarked,
and quite old, with both a hammer-welded socket and laminated
blade. After rough wire-brushing, you can see the
hard-steel, cutting-edge lamination to a softer body, both on
…and the back.
Used in a shipyard somewhere on the coast of New England, it is
badly pitted, although its 20-degree paring bevel is still
It also has a hole in the socket to
secure the gouge’s handle with a screw, a safety measure that
was required in many yards.
To put it back into
service, the first step is grinding out the pits on the hard,
cutting-edge side of the gouge using the belt sander with 60
thru 150 grit belts in succession.