Well, I got something delivered to the Dungeon today............
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All are SKH51 HSS (HSS M2)
One rectangular piece of 13mm x 25mm x 2m (1/2" x 1" x 6'6" M2 HSS)
One round piece 8mm x 2m (5/16" x 6'6" M2 HSS)
One round piece 6mm x 2m (1/4" x 6'6" M2 HSS)
Not cheap, the total there is just about 36,000 yen, or about $150, ouch, but, Alex is going sharing the rectangular piece and the 8mm rod with me, so that cuts the cost a lot!
To give you an idea of how thick the 1/2" stuff is, I'll put it next to my P&N scraper, which is no slouch.....
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Now I'll get half of that 2 meter length or 39", so I expect I can get one round nosed MONSTER scraper, one MONSTER square scraper and one GREAT skew out of my piece! Each tool will cost me in steel about $32, not bad, I think, as when you look at heavy duty scrapers, like these...........
........ which cost $70 at woodcraft, and really, I might be able to get two scrapers and two skews, which would make my cost per tool only $25 or so
The 8mm and 6mm rod will become some Skewchigouges and maybe some small hollowing tools, you know, the bent kind like this..........
........ anyway, I'll be sure to keep you posted!