Traditional carving tools
These Auriou stonecarving tools are produced with an octagonal barrel shaped shank for ease of use and comfort. This is a traditional French method of making a stone carving chisel and has been largely superceded by the easier to make straight bodied carving tools.
To achieve this distinctive barrel shape the whole of the tool is hand forged whereas with the standard straight bodied tools only the end of the tool is forged. This may help to explain the difference in the prices between the fully forged barrel shaped tools and the straight bodied tools.
The octagonal barrel shape is more comfortable to use and preferred by serious hobbysists and professionals..
Available direct from the factory and in the UK from Classic Hand Tools and in Germany/Austria from Magma Fine Tools.