I have a woodturning friend who has been urging me to try one of the new Glaser HiTec tools. I finally succumbed and tried a Glaser HiTec 7/16" detail gouge.
I use a detail gouge for end grain work and grind it to a bevel of between 45 and 50 degrees. This allows me to have sufficient steel under the tip of the flute to hollow and shape end grain.
I was in the process of shaping the lid on a box turned from a piece of very old, very dry and very hard persimmon. Persimmon's hardness is well known and used to be used for the heads of wooden golf clubs.
I was very impressed with the tool as it peeled beautiful curls off the end of this hard wood as I shaped the lid. The curls flew off the lid as if I was turning green wood so I had my wife snap an action shot freezing the curls in mid-air.
After completing the lid I tried the Glaser detail gouge for hollowing end grain and it performed very well and was able to reach about 2 1/2"- 2 3/4" into the body of a box blank before I experienced any chatter.
All in all a very nice tool with good heft in the handle and excellent edge holding characteristics. The shot filled handle was a pleasure to use and is very different from the wooden handles that I am accustomed to using.