I just recieved my Glaser Hitec 15V bowl gouge. Of course as soon as I got home I kissed the wife and headed out to the shop. The first thing I did, as I always do with new turning tools, is put it on the Jet wet sharpener. Just for fun I weighed it on a postal scale and compaired it to my Crown Elsworth PM. The Pro Pm weighed in at 1.7 lbs and the Glaser weighed in at 3.2 lbs. The handle of the Glaser has a dampening material inside the handle. I found that to make an incredible difference in the feel and its ability to cut through what would normally be a catch. What I also noticed was the dampening allows me to have a much better feel for the cut. When the vibration is eliminated all thats left is the feel of the cut. Really allowed me to make very light cuts and know exactly what the tool is doing. Another test I did was to really dig deep to remove a lot of material. What I found now was the tools ability to cut right past what would normally be a horrible catch. I could tell that the dampened handle had a flywheel effect that made it cut right past the spot in question. Another thing I really love about this tool that I never even considered, is that I can set it down and it doesn't roll away. The shape of the handle really allows my hand to form to it. Very comfortable and easily controlled. Kind of gives me a zero point to start from so I always know what angle the cut is. I will probably buy a second one to do an elsworth grind on. I have to say, this will become my go to tool. It's just incredible to feel such control and balance. Anyway, I'll shut up now. Please enjoy.
They personalized it too.
Here it is next to my David Elsworth Pro PM and a Pro PM gouge.