Paying more for wood turning tools is not necessarily better.
Initially I started of with a set of SteelX tools from Grizzly (6 for +-$100) and then I complemented the set with some expensive tools from Ashly Isles, mail ordered in from the UK. All my tools are high speed steel. The Grizzly stuff works just as well and holds their edge just as well.
I turn mostly furniture parts and the three I use the most are:
1.) 1 " Deep U gouge, if sharpened right with the final cut on the side bevel, 220 sandpaper finishes the rest fast.
2.) 3/4" Parting tool.
3.) 1" Skew.
I have 16 turning tools, but the above three do 95% of my work.
Last edited by WillemJM; 09-21-2011 at 02:19 PM.