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#1 posted 10-18-2016 02:01 PM

Buying what you use most is great advice!

We don’t know what size lathe you have or type turning you like to do! If you are a pen turner all you need is a roughing gouge, parting tool, and skew. If making bottle stoppers or pepper mills a 3/8” and 1/2” spindle gouge cannot be beat. If turning long spindles 3/4” or 1” skew is essential.

At one time thought Doug said he doesn’t sharpen or put a bevel on his scrapers & skews. I know still has a statement about all tools come already sharpened and I could be wrong.

JMHO, don’t need an exotic steel skew both carbon & HSS work just fine. Several years back bought new HT KRYO 1/2” steel skew. Did not see where it held and edge better than HSS. I am about to replace that skew and my P & N 3/4” HSS skew. I am looking at Ashley Iles, Crown, & Sorby HSS skews. I use my skews a lot especially 1/2”. Also going to replace my 3/8” & 1/2” spindle gouges and will be buying those from Doug Thompson.

Recommend requesting some free catalogs from Craft’s Supplies & Packard Wood works. If buy more than one turning tool from those folks get a discount. Catalogs usually have more information than web sites like usable tool length.

-- Bill

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