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#1 posted 08-31-2016 01:20 PM

Rick M you posted a great link prices and shipping very reasonable in deed. Thanks for posting!

Lot of pen & wood turners turning antler, bone, and exotic woods use this site.

I have same roughing HSS roughing gouges & scrappers bought over twenty years ago and cannot tell you how many times have resharpened them. Have wore out couple spindle & bowl gouges along the way through constant use. Still have some of my allen wrenches converted to scrappers for hollowing X-mas ornaments.

When your carbide cutter is completely dull, a touch up with a diamond card file may bring it back a little but bottom line you have to replace that cutter. When my tool is dull just make a trip to the grinder. I am not looking for a tool so can rotate the cutter or waiting on a replacement cutter.

Yes, carbide tools are here to stay and have a place in the craft of woodturning. No they will never replace conventional woodturning tools! Think all the previous posting by memebers explain why!

So will need to buy and learn to sharpen your turning tools!

-- Bill

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