Turner’s Edge Turning Tools

Turner’s Edge Turning Tools

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Turner’s Edge woodturning tools are manufactured by Robust.  Gouges are made from Nitrided M2, while scrapers and skews are made from Nitrided M42.

Bowl gouges have parabolic flutes and spindle gouges have radius flutes.  Flutes are stone polished to remove tool marks.

What’s special about Nitriding? Nitriding loads the tool surfaces with extra carbon and nitrogen, significantly improving edge holding and reduces sharpening.

We’re certainly not the first to Nitride cutting tools.  For instance, almost all of the carbide and high speed steel cutting tools we use to machine parts here at Robust are Nitrided.   Nitriding is not a coating or plating, it is a process wherein carbon and nitrogen are added to the base metal and forms a diffused zone within the surface of the tool.  This zone is up to .002″ deep.

To make our tools, we start with premium M2 or M42.  After machining the tools to shape, they are heat treated 62-64 Rockwell C.  The hardened tools then go through the Nitriding process.  Because the treatment is diffused into the metal itself, it will not flake, peel or chip.

But isn’t the Nitriding Ground Away during Sharpening? Gouges are ground on the end, and the cutting edge is defined by the portion ground away and the flute.  Since the flute is Nitrided, the cutting edge is also Nitrided.   For scrapers, whether conventional or negative rake, just grind the bottom bevel.  This leave the Nitriding on the top surface, so the burr is Nitrided.  You are correct about skews though, there will be no Nitriding on the cutting edge.  Still, it’s M42, which is pretty darn good steel.  You’ll also like the radius on the edges of our skews and scrapers, and this really makes them more versatile for a number of different cuts.

Parabolic Flutes: Our bowl gouges feature a parabolic flute.  Parabolic flutes optimize three things: 1) having a good size flute for chip ejection, 2) leaving enough metal in the gouge for good strength and 3) sharpenability for both fingernail and conventional grinds (like the 40/40).

Spindle Gouges feature radius flutes that are not as deep as the parabolic flutes found on the bowl gouges.  The radius equals the diameter of the spindle gouge.  For instance, the 1/2″ diameter spindle gouges has a flute with a 1/2″ radius.

Diameters:  We use the American method of sizing the gouges, based on the diameter, not flute width.  All gouges are made from slightly oversized stock, and the shanks are turned to the diameter listed in their descriptions.

Handles:  All of the gouges, scrapers and skews are are offered with and without handles.  The handles are hard rock Maple, and turned to our specification in Pennsylvania.  All have stainless steel ferrules.  We also offer a line of collet based tool handles and kits to make your own handle using our collet system.  Click the product tab at the top of the page to learn more.

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