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Posted on Is the titanium nitride coating on the sorby tools worth it?

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:34 PM

I just got the sorby Turnmaster. it has interchangeable cutter heads. I have the round and square head made from titanium case hard carbon steel, the best in other words. These heads cost 16$. They aren’t for taking out huge amounts of material, I like a HSS round nose scraper for most of my lathe work, it takes more time but there are less gouges and mistakes that can take the wood off the chuck.
These cutters have only cut two bowls from box elder but I notice no degradation at all where I had to sharpen the round nose scraper several times.
If you have a good sharpening system, the HSS steel is great, but you need to sharpen it about every 10 minutes or so.

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