Well, I put it to use last night. What I noticed right away is that it takes a lot less effort to peel off ribbons of wood than any other scraper I've used. The cut is extremely controllable. If I pushed too hard, the back of the handle starts to push up in my hand instead of an abrupt catch. That allows me to back off a little before doing damage to the piece of wood. The feel of the cut is incredible, it reminded me of the time I got to use a Brese hand plane at a woodworking symposium. A silky smooth slice like cutting leather with sharp shears.
Something that did surprise me, I can do very fine cuts making very tiny ribbons off of the cutting edge. The of surface wood itself is so smooth you would think I had used a Skew (The correct way) If it were a square edge scraper, almost no sanding would be necessary. Like the rest of my Glaser tools, the handles fluting rolls into my hand as though it had been molded to it just for me. Because the handle itself is almost 18 Inches long, there's a lot of room to move your hand back and forth to adjust to your liking. I hadn't really thought much about how the thickness would affect how the tool performs. But once I used it, I found it to be a major part of the control, dampening and the overall feel of the cut. I haven't used it on an angle yet so I haven't taken the edge off the corner. I think it's good that it's not done from the factory though. It's a modification that can be left up to the consumer. Most likely I will at some time though. My final conclusion is that every aspect of this tool is very well thought out and its individual components come together very harmoniously to create a surgical instrument designed for wood turning at its finest. We all know about the price, but would you want a surgeon operating on you with a butter knife?.....Me either.
I can promise you, this tool is money very well spent, I love it.
Now my other problem, It's so easy to do an entire turning with one or two Glaser tools, my other tools are going to feel neglected.
(Maybe I can rent them to my BIL) I traded my Jet Mini to him. He's about to jump into the Vortex soon.
The next tool I'll be reviewing is the Oneway Vacuum chuck. One big, beefy chunk of aluminum. I got one a few weeks back but haven't had a chance to use it.
Anyway, I hpope you enjoy my reviews, have a great day.
For those of you that haven't heard of Brese hand planes, here's a link. http://www.breseplane.com/