Tony you can't go wrong with either the Sorby or Crown. I would get a 3/8" and 1/2" of which ever you decide with the fingernail grind. 3/8" is good for smaller bowls but when you go to bigger ones say 8" up a 1/2" sure is nice. A couple of months ago I bought the Crown Pro-PM Ellsworth gouge and really like it. It does seem to hold a edge longer than the others. It has a little different sharpening jig for it but it is a nice gouge. I also have the Sorby 3/8" and 1/2" bowl gouges with the fingernail grind on them. They are a good tool. I have the P & N 3/8" and 1/2" bowl gouges with the conventional grind on them. I use those as Mike Mahoney does for the final few cuts on bowls.
So as I said you can't go wrong with any of your selections.
Last edited by Bernie Weishapl; 05-13-2007 at 02:27 PM.
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