What could be better than working with hand tools? Making your own hand tools by yourself!
I found this video (in Russian language), showing how to make a mini-gouge from a cylindrical hardened steel rod found in any DVD-ROM drive. The diameter is 3mm, and the hardness seems quite adequate (the claim is about 55 HRC). On the inner surface I used diamond burrs after grinding the groove with the cutting wheel. Set it into an oak handle and so far pretty happy with the result, especially considering the price.