Lathe Tools Manufacturers
Searching for lathe tools should begin with the most renown of all
worldwide manufacturers, Robert Sorby, who for 2 centuries have been 'leaders
of the pack'.
They produce more turning tools each and every year than anyone else and are
the benchmark by which all others are judged.
Sorby produce all their own products in their Sheffield factory, unlike
many other companies who source products from others.
Just as the world keeps revolving, Sorby tools keep evolving with new and
improved products such as their recently designed Tool Sharpening System.
I would have given them a complete disservice if I hadn't placed them at the
top of this page.
Tool demonstrations can be viewed on their site. It's well worth a look.
Hot on their tails are Henry Taylor whose forte is to consult and work
alongside wood turning professionals to continually develop their
range of lathe tools.
Who better than the pro's can give this essential information, from which the
manufacturer can continually improve to compete with the best.
Taylor also produce a broad range of lathe and woodworking tools, perhaps
not as exhaustive as Sorby, but nevertheless more than sufficient for
aspiring turners and professionals alike.
Research of Suppliers shows that these two brands are always cream of the crops.
Thinking of Economy
In a lower price range are Hamlet Craft Tools and Crown Hand Tools and
in these budget controlling economic times a sound choice.
Both companies continue to develop and enhance their tool range, improving
the quality of their High speed steel blades efficiency, which in turn
reduces the need of constant re sharpening.
When considering how to identify what constitutes a selection of
woodturning tools to include in a starter pack, there are differences of opinion between everyone.
No doubt that is because there are so many tools from which
to choose and also because we are influenced by our individual projects and the tools most suited to accomplish them.
Even the manufacturers do not agree.
I will plump for the recommendation of a six starter pack, from the industry leader Robert Sorby. They, more than anyone, know which are the most popular via their statistics.
The cost of their starter pack is on a par with the leading maufacturers, but there are many cheaper makes which I will not recommend due to their inferior quality.
For a good variety, click on this link to
A Beginners Preparation
Where better to start than with an instructional DVD
Robert Sorby Starting Out Woodturning DVD
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