Whilst most carbide tipped tools are of the simplistic 'point and shoot' variety, the Osprey range is designed to harness the benefits of a carbide cutting tip and to put it to work in a role virtually identical to that of an 'ordinary' gouge - and it can be used on both spindle and bowl work equally well.
The tool tip is mounted at a high angle so that the bevel of the carbide tip is aligned with a supporting bevel on the tip of the shank, creating a configuration effectively identical to that of a conventional gouge. Whilst the tool can be used in the same manner as a gouge, it has the flexibility to allow it to be used as a simple 'point and shoot' carbide tipped tool, held horizontal on the tolrest, by those who may not yet have learned the skills of conventional gouge use - which is why many users turn to carbide tools in the first place. Now at last, here's a tool that bridges the divide between the two worlds!
Item Ref.: HTOSP1
Manufacturer: Hunter Tool Systems, USA
Cutter Diameter: 6mm
Overall Length: 16 in.
Shaft Length: 4 in.
Handle Length/Material: 12 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.