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I won’t be holding stock of the full range but I will maintain a supply of the types and sizes that suit the folk on my beginners courses. Clients will then be able to buy the size and type of tool they know suits them. Before I bought a start-up stock I ordered a selection which I have been using ever since. Now I earn most of my income from woodturning so a week or so in my hands can be equal to many months in the hands of a typical hobbyist.

The shape of the roughing gouge is slightly different to what I have become used to being more rounded and larger (everybody has different ideas on how to specify size) I like it! It holds its edge well when used properly (bevel control) but stuffing it in horizontally blunts it the same as any make. Why people do this amazes me, it spoils the wood, damages the edge and throws chips into their faces but I’ve even seen demonstrators at National shows do it! Unless it was the full face visor he was selling!

The round-nosed scraper was fully interchangeable with all the other makes in use in my workshop its made of the “M2” grade of HSS which is not glass-hard and will set up a serviceable burr. I teach this method (e.g the foundry pattern-maker technique) I will not teach the nose down dragging method that rips up the wood surface and breaks the burr off. To work safely however you need to be taught properly because done wrongly there are configurations that can lead to a dig-in, but you can easily avoid them when you know what you are doing. Used right the round-nosed scraper is intuitive in use easily forming smooth curves and leaving a finish requiring minimal sanding. I have tried the super-hard tools claimed to hold their edge many times longer with poor results the brittle burr from the harder metal tends to crumble.

The standard parter was interchangeable with all my others, my Robert Sorby ones definitely last longer but cost more. It will take years before I can tell you if you will get your money back and I suspect the answer will depend on your sharpening skill.

The thin parter is another matter, previously I made my own but as I use all parters one-handed this is actually an improvement, I will do both for a while then I expect to switch.

The bowl gouge profile took a fingernail grind very well. Crown don’t supply them pre-ground this way but while I teach folk how to use them properly I also teach how to grind and maintain the fingernail shape (and no you don’t have to buy a 90 jig).