|Review by Big_Bob||posted 11-18-2010 06:48 PM||4755 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I was looking for two new lathe tool handles when I stumbled across the Thompson website. I was intrigued by the idea that the handles were square and not round. They are not truly square because the edges are rounded over, but they are not the traditional round shape. The idea being the turner’s right hand can feel the shape of the tool and know where the flute of the tool is facing. If for example the flat part is facing up then the flute is up if the edge is up then the flute is facing a 45 degree angle. This helps with hand-eye coordination especially when the tip of the tool is out of the turners view.
The more I looked at the website the more I talked myself into buying them. When I got them, I was surprised that they were all aluminum then I went back and read the website and sure enough the web site said they were all aluminum. The handles come partially filled with steel shot and I filled one of them completely with lead shot.
I never thought I would like a handle that was not wood or covered with rubber but I learned that I like aluminum. The mass of the tool makes them a pleasure to use and the square handles are all I thought they would be. Also, they will not roll off my workbench. These handles were a good investment and I will probably buy handles from them in the future.
Their website is: http://thompsonlathetools.com
I have no affiliations with the Thomson tool people I just like their tool handles.
-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker