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WallynSC

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02-05-2016 01:35 AM

What is the name and model number of this turning tool, I did a little searching and came up empty, I’m guessing this tool is no longer in production. Overall length about thirty inches, shaft diameter is about 3/4 inches. Thanks for any information.


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#1 posted 02-05-2016 04:16 AM

Looks like the Sorby Articulating Hollowing tool…. nice tool.
I have the standard (non-articulating) called the Multi Tip

http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/1595/hollowing

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 05:48 AM

That’s really interesting. I’ve never seen or heard of one of those.

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 01:32 PM

LeeMills, Thank you so much. Also looks like 8803H Swivel-Tip Probe.

http://www.ebookhq.co.uk/robert-sorby/rs_catalogue_2015/files/25.html

The tool I bought only had the tear drop cutter, I will need to find somebody with sharpening skills to help me with that cutter. Mine does have a wood handle, I need to do some tool polishing today and get a better picture.

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 02:23 PM


Also looks like 8803H Swivel-Tip Probe.
http://www.ebookhq.co.uk/robert-sorby/rs_catalogue_2015/files/25.html
- WallynSC

Yep, looks like the same tool; the 8803H with the wood handle or the RS213 made to fit some of their handles sold separately. Either works the same as far as I know.

Both links above show it with the other cutters so I assume the bit holder is available somewhere for the RS211C and RS212C bits. The RS211 is what I use mine for about 90% of the time. The holder is a small and round as shown in this link to the RS200.
http://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/sov-rs200-ep-multi-tip-hollowing-tool-unhandled-rs-200

Here is a link to Sorby youtube videos. Look for the ones on the “multi tip tool” to see use. They should work the same; yours is nicer because it articulated and the standard multi tip doesn’t.
https://www.youtube.com/user/robertsorbyengland/videos

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 03:00 PM

I own a Sorby RS200KT “Multi Tip Hollowing Tool” which comes with that same teardrop scraper head (likely the same one that LeeMills mentioned). I have never used the tool for hollowing, only for sheer scraping using the teardrop. It works pretty well for that purpose. I do wish it was a little longer and a little heavier. I also sheer with a Thompson fluteless gouge. I go back and forth on which one I prefer.

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 06:03 PM

Thanks again LeeMills, the video from Sorby was very helpful, I think the tool in the video is the one mentioned above by jfoobar. The straight side of the teardrop cutter appears to be ground at 90 degrees but the tool bit sits on a beveled ramp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9dJ6RJ0-3o .

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 07:48 PM

Thanks for the additional pics.
I think that answers my question about the round clamp that holds the small cutters on the RS200.
It appears there is a hole in the end of the articulating arm to insert the other cutters; the same screw that holds the tear drop cutter could then be used to hold the other tips in place (with the teardrop cutter removed).

As jfoobar stated he uses his almost exclusively as a scraper and I use mine almost exclusively with the cutting tip.
Guess it’s a “to each his own” tool.

I only sharpen mine by removing the tip(s) and honing on a diamond plate. May take a minute longer but the entire surface is then honed and remains flat.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 08:57 PM

The tool you have looks like it is longer than the one that I own, but it is otherwise similar.

I hone mine also, although without removing it from the handle. I do occasionally remove it and give it a fresh grind on a 180 stone.

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#9 posted 02-05-2016 09:05 PM

30” Long, 3/4” diameter shaft. I’ll do some measuring tomorrow, I’m wondering if those carbide insert bits would fit.

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