A real favourite here at The ToolPost. Outwardly. a simple tool sporting a carbide cutter mounted on a shaft. However, the profiled tapered shaft on this tool coupled with the centrally-mounted, in-line position of the micrograin carbide tip give the tool amazing agility, with the ability to get into deep hollow forms yet work without vibration and at the same time being perfectly at home working inside bowls.
Because the mode of use is from the centre to the outside, this is a tool that perfectly resolves the question of how to hollow out deep, narrow bowls (better called cups maybe?). No more struggling to keep bevel contact whilst trying to guide a conventional gouge around the impossibly tight corners which are a feature of this style of vessel. Once you've taken on this task with one of these lovely tools, you'll wonder why you ever tried without one.
NB: This tool is also known as the Badger Hollowing tool in the US.
Item Ref.: HT5001
Manufacturer: Hunter Tool Systems, USA
Cutter Diameter: 10mm
Overall Length: 25 in.
Shaft Length: 8 in.
Handle Length/Material: 17 in. inch Ash
All dimensions, stated in inches, are approximate and subject to change without notice
Hunter Tool Company is known as an outstanding tool supplier of tools for hollowing work
The Hunter Tool uses a very fine grain of carbide specifically engineered to meet the sharptooling requirements demanded by the woodturning community.
While proficient in rough turning operations, Hunter Tools excel best when used as a finishing tool for final shaping and the light finish cuts. Often the tedious sanding operations are either eliminated or greatly reduced.
Carbide tools had been tried before in woodturning, but no-one previously seemed to have recognised that whilst carbide is very tough and highly wear resistant is is capable - normally - of being brought to only a moderately sharp edge. Key to the Hunter development was to apply the micro-fine diamond finishing process to the carbide tips to bring them to a sharpness comparable with that of conventional turning tool material, but with the added plus of long edge-holding and incredible wear resistance. For confirmation of what "tough" means, check the accompnying photo which shows a concrete tile that was turned using a Hunter Tool: we don't expect you to be turning material this tough, but...!
True, these "jewels" of the carbide industry cost a little more than ordinary tips but it won't take mentions of silk purses and sow's ears to make you realise that the little extra is what makes these the only tips worth considering for woodturning. Sure, you can create "wood-shovels" with ordinary carbide tips, but you can't create what any self-respecting woodturner would call a turning tool capable of fine finishing as well as excavator-scale rates of material removal.