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Item 142460
Model 142460W

WoodRiver - Pen Makers Turning Tool Set - 3 Piece


Specifically designed for pen turning, these scaled-down High Speed Steel (HSS) tools are the perfect size for all your small turning projects. Tools are approximately 11" long with 8" handles,...

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Specifically designed for pen turning, these scaled-down High Speed Steel (HSS) tools are the perfect size for all your small turning projects. Tools are approximately 11" long with 8" handles, complete with wooden case. High speed steel (often abbreviated HSS, sometimes HS) is a material usually used in the manufacture of machine tool bits and other cutters. It is often used in power saw blades and drill bits. It is superior to the older high carbon steel tools used extensively through the 1940s in that it can withstand higher temperatures without losing its temper (hardness). This property allows HSS to cut faster than high carbon steel, hence the name high speed steel. At room temperature, in their generally recommended heat treatment, HSS grades generally display high hardness (above HRC60) and a high abrasion resistance (generally linked to tungsten content often used in HSS) compared to common carbon and tool steels.


• Set includes: 3/8" gouge, 1/2" skew, 1/8" parting tool

• High Speed Steel

• Designed and scaled down for pen turning

• Complete with a wooden case

• The perfect size for all of your small turning projects

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3.9 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews
  1. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3 piece turning set for small lathes

    Great starter set. Need to sharpen often.

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Sweet. Holds edge remarkably well.

    Bought this on sale. Planning to use left over exotics on pens and love my Wood River bowl gouge. To be honest, wanted to see how the oval screw felt and found it amazingly easy to control. Turned an ice cream scoop after brief sharpening. OMG, was that sweet; no sanding with less than 220 grit. Enjoy my Sorby and Pinnacle turning tools, and I am now a BIG fan of stylish Wood River. Now, I need to grind the bottom corners of my other screw chisels before buying a full sized oval skew. By the way, the 5 piece set of mini tools is now on sale.

  3. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    nice set !

    Great for turning... sharp enough to carve with too. comfortable enough for all day use. sturdy also.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    great chisels

    These work in a predictable fashion. Do it right, it comes out perfect. good for making tops of bowls and stems,and pipe tools.take an edge fast that lasts.

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Solidly built

    Bought these to go with a new mini lathe and have turned many pens and other small items with them. The gouge is the perfect size to rough almost anything in the small scale and the skew has proven quite solid. Aside form the initial cleanin of the edge from the factory. I've had to sharpen them only once (just the roughing gouge really) and it took an edge beautifully and easily. For the price this set can't be beat and the size is perfect for those intricate and small turns.

  6. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Price is right

    I am new to turning and do not want to buy the very best on the market until I know what I am doing. This seems like a logical next best thing. So the price was right, they seem to be built well.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    My brother used them and is satisfied

    Will use them to turn pens.

  8. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Sorry, winter tool 2010/2011???

    I work on my pens and whine stoppers on cold winters days. So I got 6-8 months before I get to work with these tools. Right now I am outside and working on my rustic rockers and tables this time of the year.. Frank

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    i liked this tool

    I turn pens and small projects

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Beginning turner's recommendation

    I am a brand new woodturner and wanted some smaller tools of my own instead of "borrowing" my husband's. This set fit the bill. I have used it to turn several spurtles and will be using it to turn pens this fall. The handles have the right amount of weight to balance the tools; however, I think that I would prefer them a tad longer to further help with balance... maybe that is because I have used several of my husband's larger skews and gouges. I think that I'll be using this set of three tools well into the future.

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