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Old 04-04-2013, 04:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I'm happy with my cutters from Eddie Castelin. I ordered the handle blanks from Craft Supplies USA but on the 1/2" bars I had to use plumbing fittings for ferrules.
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I use the Woodchuck Pen Pro from start to finish on most turnings.
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Do you usually use the R2 or R4 insert?
I like the R2 bbest.
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Master how to sharpen them with these chisels then get the most out of them that you can. Then upgrade if you really think you need to. Better tools doesn't necessarily lead to better pens or turning. Most of us are not getting the most out of what we already have. I have a very cheap skew and with the right edge on it you can turn glass smooth finishes I know because I am doing it.
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Remember that carbide cutters don't work in every situation will all materials. Good gouges are always a must.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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And we are always one tool away from becoming a great turner.....
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I've actually found on some acrylics the carbide tools are almost too aggressive. You have to have a very soft touch. I even find on some its easier with my skew and fingernail gouge.
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As go back and read responses seems all about pro-con of carbide tools. If you own carbide tools enjoy and good luck with them. If woodturners could only see eventually all turning tools become dull and require sharpening or replacement cutters.

Since do not own or see a need for carbide tools for me strongly agree with both Mike S. & Ken V and others. Master your tool sharpening skills and we are only one tool away from becoming great turners.
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I mastered sharpening my Capn Eddie carbides the first time. Flat face down on a diamond card. Now i can enjoy sharp tools while I start learning to sharpen others. Having fun. Less discouragement.
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Are you talking about deemka? Here is his old ad, don't know if he is still selling, but might be worth dropping him a line.

PenTurners Unhandled 3 Piece mini tool set for EWT Carbide cutters

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There is a vendor here selling carbide tools prices look more reasonable than others. Sorry cannot remember his site. Others recommend making your own carbide tools plenty of information online.

Recommend only buying tools you need vice a set of tools. On regular HHS turning tools many vendors offer discounts on buying two or three tools. Also shop the sales for bargains. Suggest getting a free catalog from these vendors and others. They carry all major brand names and can mix. Packardís house brand made by Hamlet and think CS Artisan made by Henry Taylor.

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No, could not remember the other day but talking about these tools. Thought he was first to offer carbide tool for pen turning.

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Your link a new to me!

I have been buying my turning tools from both CS & Packard Woodworks for years.
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