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#1 posted 01-20-2012 08:46 PM

In my opinion, the bigger issue with High Carbon, as opposed to HSS, is the sharpening act itself. High Carbon steel can overheat quickly and when they overheat they can be, effectively, ruined. The steel looses its temper. With high carbon steel you need to keep a cup of water handy and dip the tool in the water on a regular basis to keep it cool.

That is much less of a problem with HSS.

I second hairy’s comment on the easy wood tools. They may seem a little pricy when starting out. My fear is that if you start with these tools you may never learn to use the others. Maybe that is not such a bad thing.

I have a pretty complete set of conventional tools in different sizes. In actual practice, 90% of my work is done with 2 easy tools: a rougher and a finishing tool. Another 9% is done with 2 scrapers and a parting tool. My conventional gouges get very little use and my skews only collect dust and take up space.

Regarding the easy tool rougher – - It’s poorly named. Yes, it can do rough work – but it can also do very fine, finishing type, work. I can use it like a scrapper and produce those ultra light shavings that sort of float away leaving a very smooth finish on the stock. The only time I need the easy finishing tool is when I am doing a curve.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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