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#1 posted 02-14-2018 04:47 AM

Bill, those Carter and Son tools look incredible! I didn’t even look at the prices, but just look at how they’re made. When I saw how the blades and shanks are thinner than the middle part, at first I thought they were forged, but, no, it says they grind them, so they must be starting with a bigger billet and grinding them down. That’s a lot of metal to remove, and M42 is about the hardest thing there is to grind, even annealed. All the things that make it a great hot-work tool steel also make it a nightmare to machine—unmatched red-hardness, incredible wear-resistance—just what you need when you’re trying to form something.

Whe you start making your own woodturning tools, you can really appreciate what goes into making tools like those.

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