|Review by Chris Wright||posted 05-01-2009 12:02 AM||13806 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
With our wood turning program growing here at the shop, we were able to get new equipment, and part of that were two sets of the 8 piece Benjamin’s Best HSS lathe chisels from PSI ($69.95). I had never heard of Benjamin’s Best before I started pen turning and looking through the PSI catalog. So when I saw a 8 piece set of HSS tools for $70 I was skeptical of the quality. When they arrived I inspected them and they all needed to be re-ground, not a big deal since we also got a new slow speed grinder and a Wolverine system. The one that needed the most work was the bowl Gouge. I took the factory grind off and put a rather steep grind going up the sides. All the others, I just reground the bevels and touched then up with a diamond hone.
For a $70 set, these tools perform very well. They have solid ash handles and are made of M2 HSS, and they stay sharp for quite a while. Compared to the Crown, Sorby and Pinnacle tools I worked with recently, I’d go so far as to say these perform at the same level.
Here’s the lineup of what you get in the box:
•3/16” Parting Tool
•5/8” Spear Scraper
•5/8” Round Nose Scraper
•5/8” Skew Chisel
•1” Skew Chisel
•1/2” Bowl Gouge
•3/4” Spindle Gouge
•7/8” Roughing Gouge
If you’re on a budget and are trying to justify buying a $60, $70 or $80 Sorby gouge, I recommend getting a set of these. Like I said in the title, good chisels, great price.
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