How often do you sharpen your roughing gouge when turning pen blanks?
Reason I ask is that I don't have a grinder, but my father in law does. Is it something I would need on hand while turning a pen blank or can I turn a few blanks during the week & then sharpen it on the weekends? probably a lot of variables there, but just as a general question.
Second, how critical is it to have a variable speed grinder? $45 sounds much more appealing than $100 to the old pocket book.