|Review by Lochlainn1066||posted 10-18-2010 10:33 PM||3696 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I have the 3/8 and 1/2 inch gouges from Penn State. As of the current catalog (got it today), they are $15.95 and $19.95.
I am a self taught turner (about 5yrs experience), so my only comparison in edge retention is from a cheapo Harbor Freight set and an older Buck Brothers set. The BB gouges hold an edge as long or longer than any of these tools, which makes them about average for HSS. I have a high carbon scraper I made myself which doesn’t hold an edge very long at all, for comparison.
How they hold up to M2, cryo, or powdered metal from high end manufacturers, I don’t know. I don’t resharpen more than a couple of times in a turning session so they don’t slow me down.
However, when you compare under $20 each to up to $80+ for premium HHS gouges, I think they represent a great value for the hobby turner.
The ash handles are well made, haven’t come loose, and are just the right length. The 3/8” is my “go-to” chisel, the one I use most, no matter what I am turning.
-- Nate, thegaragestudio.etsy.com