Thanks for the info. I was just putting together my trip wish list and noticed they are actually on sale at Woodvraft, so I'd likely get there.
Also, Rockler sells a mandrel that goes in a Jacobs Chuck with a 5/16" end on it. Do you use a mandrel, or do you just turn between centers? My thought with the mandrel is after turning , I could completely finish handle end while still on the mandrel.
Yes, the Woodcraft are on sale for $12.99 - which is $5 off. A good deal I feel.
I did a build thread on making a pizza cutter, but since I did this thread I have modified my process.
Making a pizza cutter handle
If you have a 5/16in dia bolt which turns true, you can avoid purchasing a mandrel. Normal bolt hardware is not intended for such use and may not turn true. If you are lucky, a few choice taps with a hammer can get one to turn true. I got lucky and so far have not needed to purchase a mandrel. I have a mandrel for bottle stoppers and so can see the difference.
These days I turn between centres. Spur drive in the headstock, and cone on the tailstock. I normally use a spur drive which fits in my scroll chuck, but I have just purchased a long spur drive from PSI which I will likely use for future handles.
My present process is to rough the blank, then mount in my scroll chuck so I can drill the hole in the tailstock end.
I use a Steady Rest to minimize vibration. I have a build thread on making a Steady Rest.
Making a lathe steady rest
Once the hole has been drilled, I then use a piece of threaded rod with a regular nut and coupler nut (the extra long nuts to join threaded rod). I screw on the insert on one end and lightly fasten the other end in a Jacobs chuck mounted in the tailstock. I use this method since I found it was easier to keep the insert close to being centred, more than the hand drivers.
Once the insert is in place, I unlock the two nuts then they and the threaded rod are easily removed.
I then finish turning the insert end, then flip this and mount on a 5/16in dia bolt in the scroll chuck to finish turn the rest of the handle with a cone in the tailstock. I end up with a small hole in the top of the handle. Sometimes I have sanded away after turning, sometimes I have left in place.
I hope this helps.