woodcraft sells just the tool not the handle, which will knock off a good chunk of the price if you have the tools to turn your own handles for them? other than that i buy good turning tools. If you are going to start or do a lot of turning, good tools is a must have. not only will the turning be more enjoyable, you will be able to turn more pieces faster. depending on what species of wood i am working with, i don't have to sharpen my tools nearly as often as my old grandfathers tools. now if i turn any burls i may sharpen my tools while i am turning that piece.