This is a great gouge for paring out the bowls of spoons, bowls and Kuksas.
It is not made for endless heavy striking with a mallet. That is a job for a Firmer Gouge. However it is ideal for the spoon carver and bowl carver who will be doing for paring (pushing rather than striking) work. And the price of this gouge is a fraction of that of a Firmer Gouge!