Thank you for your response John and your exactly right about the two different tools they look much the same but they don't operate the same as far as presenting the cutting edge of the tool to the work. Some say the Hunter is much more aggressive, I wouldn't know about that since I only used his very small cutter I got with my Elbow hollowing tool. Whatever the difference between the two different tools I want to make one of each. I am going to order a few Hunter carbide cutters today. I wanted to ask you if you would please repost that picture of the Hunter tool you posted several months ago,and include whatever the comment you made at the time about how you attached the cutter to the rod. Would you please? I wanted to mention to you about the forge I have been wanting to get forever. Wanted to make mine but finding the materials made me figure I could buy one much better and not too much more expensive. I kept thinking of that coal forge you have. Anyways I finally ordered and received an atmospheric forge with two burners that will reach 2300 degrees F in no time flat. It is actually a knife makers forge with welding capabilities at 2300 degrees. Knowing your well versed in most things related to turning, would you respond with any comments you might have about atmospheric forges, good and or bad? One thing in particular I am concerned about right now is, how do you control the heat from getting so high when you only need 1470 F to harden turning tools? I know there are digital meters to read internal forge heat but is it necessary? How about if I heat the rood till cherry red, take it from the fire and hold it from the flames till the temperature cools off down to 1470 by constantly touching the tool to a magnet? When it is down to the point it is no longer anti magnetic plunge into oil. What is your opinion? Thanks John. Mitch
Last edited by Mitch Cholewinski; 03-09-2009 at 05:14 PM.