Originally devised for box hollowing, these miniature carbide tipped hollowing tools now find favour with turners undertaking almost any form of small-vessel hollowing - and are great for things like hollowing Christmas ornamaents.
The three tools in the set, comprising items ref. HT1301; HT1302 and HT1303 provide solutions to simplify the various stages of small vessel hollowing. This, the skew-tipped, swan-neck undercutting tool is used for under the shoulder towards the neck of the vessel and its skewed tip not only simplifies this task but also enables finish cuts to be made under the shoulder of the vessel or box.
Item Ref.: HT1303
Manufacturer: Hunter Tool Systems, USA
Cutter Diameter: 6mm
Overall Length: 8 in.
Shaft Length: 8 in.
Handle Length/Material: None - supplied unhandled for mounting in user's choice of system handle
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.
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.