I originally posted this by misteak as a response to another thread. Now here as it's own topic.
My current skew is an old, 1" Buck Bros. 'cast steel' . It doesn't hold an edge well at all, I'm constantly touching it up, sometimes three times for a single pen. I'm considering another skew that will do better. But, in shopping, I see a puzzling trend. The following do not even offer a regular, flat, skew a/k/a 'skew chisle', they all offer rounded, curved, etc. but not flat. They are: Kyro; Raffan; Taylor; Hamlet or P&N.
Sorby does offer but only in M2 steel. Artisan does offer but, also, only in M2 steel.
Crow does offer in powdered steel but only at 3/4".
Wassup? I thought the flat 1" skew was the most popular, most used turning tool there is.
Two questions: Well, now only one, I already asked "Wassup?"
Other, in practical terms (not what advertising copy says) is powdered steel really 3X or 5X better than M2? Same question for the cryogenic treated (Kyro) steels which are supposed to be zillion times better. Are they?
I'm not accustomed to dropping a C note for one small tool and want to make the right choice. Or, I might have to start trolling the garage sales again.