Today was all about this massive carving gouge here..
The steel is stamped “JAMES CAM SHEFFIELD” on the inside, and “CAST STEEL” on the outside.
James Cam was a tool steel manufacturer from 1781 - 1838. “Cast steel” from Sheffield was among the very best steels from that era, and it still holds true today.
I acquired the rusted gouge missing the handle and in pretty bad over-all shape. I cleaned it up, reground the bevel to 20°, and fitted a proper american hickory handle with leather washers. The bevel was then honed to a shaving sharp edge on diamond plates.
I’ve never even seen a reference to a gouge this large, it is an exceedingly rare piece of woodworking history.
With only 200+/- years behind this tool, it’s amazing to think of the projects that it has helped complete… and the hundreds of years of future life that still remain…