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Forum topic by harrywho posted 12-08-2009 11:31 PM 2701 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2009 11:31 PM

Hi all,
I just bought 3 Robert Sorby heavy duty scrapers off of Craigslist. The guy I bought them from said they were about 20 years old and consisted of a round nose scraper, square end scraper and a skew nose scraper. I forgot to ask him if they were HSS. They are in great shape but the only thing it says on the blade is “Made in England” and below that “Sheffied Steel”. Does anyone know if that is High Speed Steel or not? By the way I paid $90.00 for the 3.

-- Harry, Indiana

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 11:36 PM

Harry coming from England Sheffield steel is the best you can get in the world and the price you got them for is a steal be very happy you found abargin


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 12:05 AM

Andies right Sheffield steel is best cutlery steel money can buy it’s world renowned. Don’t panic, however it might not be hss it might be tool steel gauge plate if it’s that old.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 12:09 AM

Harry, they are total Junk, hate to see a good guy taken, so i will give you what you paid for them and save you the agravation of trying them. LOL

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 12:15 AM

No Dan, I will take them. Been looking for some myself. Man I can never find a deal like that on craiglist. How are you guys so lucky?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 01:45 AM

Well, if you would rather have new you can send these to Papadan and get new ones for about $90.00 each. All of my turning tools are Sorby. As one old turner told me ” get any chisel (tool) you want as long as their English”

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 01:57 AM

Not all of my tools are Sorbys, just the ones I use. LOL

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 02:48 AM

What Dan said. mike

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 04:16 AM

You done good Harry.. Now go make something.. (^_^)

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 10:22 PM

Dan, thanks for the offer to take the tools off my hands but since you say they are junk, and I believe EVERYTHING you say, I guess I will just use them to prop open the windows in my garage next summer!
Thanks to everyone who responded, I guess I did get a good deal.
I remembered as I was going to bed last night that you could tell HSS from high carbon steel by putting them on the grinder and if the sparks were white they were high carbon and if they were orange it was HSS. They were white so they are not HSS, no big deal they are still great tools and I don’t mind sharpening.
Thanks again, I’m sure I’ll have more questions for you guys.


-- Harry, Indiana

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#10 posted 12-10-2009 12:27 AM

You sharpen them right and you wont do it very often with Sorbys. Enjoy them and post pics of what you turn.

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