These good-quality tools represent excellent value. Milled from 6542 high-speed steel (an alloy similar to M2) and hardened to Rc60-62, they come sharpened ready for use (though the scrapers benefit from burnishing a hook).
The roughing and spindle gouges, parting tool, and skew chisel are for work between centers. Designed for converting square stock to round, the deep-sweep roughing gouge is equally useful for smoothing cylinders and tapers. The shallow-fluted spindle gouges have blunt fingernail grinds for bead and cove work. The diamond parting tool has relieved edges to reduce friction build-up when working a deep kerf. The side of the oval skew chisel is radiused to glide along the tool rest when cutting beads or pommels. The bowl gouge and scrapers are used in face-plate work. The deep-fluted bowl gouge has a backswept fingernail grind for a smooth finish on crossgrain. Made from 1/4" bar to resist chatter, the round-nose scraper is for bowls, the square scraper for box work. Each will remove material quickly or take tissue-thin finishing cuts.
About 22" overall, all tools have substantial 16" long ash handles that are comfortable in the hand, allow excellent control, and provide significant leverage during heavy work. Though they are ideal for the budget-conscious beginner, experienced turners will find them useful for experimenting with different grinds, creating custom scrapers, or as a travelling set.
These tools are available individually or in sets that include our specially designed polyester tool roll.