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Posted on Sheer Cut Carbide Turning Tools -- Harrison vs. Hunter vs. Other?

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#1 posted 05-06-2019 01:39 PM

Some good info above. Thanks. I looked at the Jimmy Clews tools but they seem to be at the high end pricewise. The Mike Jackofsky tools look competitively priced but availability seems to be a problem. They seem to be currently out of stock and from their website it looks like they don’t sell direct. Following the link from their website to Woodturners catalog shows they are out of stock until June 11.

I am still on the fence about make vs buy. For the 55 and 90 degree detailers at least I will probably just buy the Harrison tools for those and make my own handles for them since cutting the angled index accurately with the tools on hand will be pretty tough. I may order one of the Harrison sheer cut tools and then order some cutters of difference sizes from AZ Carbide and try to make some larger or smaller sheer cut tools after I get my hands on one to emulate.

One question for making my own… If I buy some 4140 round bar for example. Will I need to heat treat it (harden and temper) or is it just naturally hard enough compared to mild steel that I don’t need to do that?

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