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#1 posted 02-11-2013 05:37 PM

I think it kind of depends on how far you want to get into this. I assume you are drilling on the lathe, if so, here is my “short” answer. I would niether get the colt series or a brad point set. Why? First the Colt series is very expensive for what it is and really not neccessary, and it you ever begin segment with metal the brad point will tear up the blank. The Colt series does have a “fast twist” design for material dispersal, but if you drill slow (which you should be doing anyway) it shouldn’t matter.

I have a set (which is a glorified HF set) made with cobault. I got it from a machine tool company ( which escapes me right now) and yes it was expensive, 199.00 I think….but it is a full set of fractional, lettered and numbered drill bits. If you intend to turn any of the “plastics” ...PR and the like…you must paint the inside of the blank, and I prefer to also paint the tube itself and then tint the epoxy, otherwise with 40 to 60% of the blanks you will be able to see the brass tubes. With that said you should drill the blank a few thousands oversize to accomidate all that paint. With this set you can do that. Since I bought mine, a fellow penmaker bought the “Good” full set of bit from HF and they looked to me to be a very similar set. I believe it is about 120.00. We “rolled them on a table saw and noted they were not bent or “skewed” in any way, and the box was the same, and even the equivalance chart in the box was the same font as mine…..

While I am NOT really a fan of HF, I have serious doubts as to whether several sets I have seen are made by the same manufacturer. To sum this up, by having a digital caliber and a “full” set of bits, you never have to buy any more bits (yes even metric) and you have the versatility to drill almost any size.

This is just my opinion…...I am sure you can make most anything work.

-- Mike

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