[QUOTE=Frank Fusco;409980]Interesting question. I have made myself a couple carbide tools and even sold a few. Still, when turning I reach for my more traditional tools. Dunno why, maybe the 'feel' of the cutting/turning process is more familiar. A friend invested heavily to become a dealer for a line of very nice, and expensive, carbide tools. After several years of visiting and doing demos at turning clubs and elsewhere, he never sold a single tool. That said, even the traditional hss tools have their own personality. I have a Henry Taylor large skew that was a gift. It is supposedly one of the better brands out there. I just do not enjoy using it and usually set aside and pick up one of my others to do the job at hand.
But how do you know if it's the tool for you until you invest in one and turn with it?
If you, I would not make the investment in a carbide tool until you are sure it is the thing for you.
Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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