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Hamlet M42 High Durability
Spindle Roughing, Spindle &
Bowl Gouges

Many woodturners don't like - nay, are apparently afraid of - tool sharpening. That is a tragic situation since without sharp tools no-one is ever going to become a decent woodturner. If you are in this category, then please take a look at the Oneway Wolverine sharpening system and 'get over it'!

I mention this because the most frequent response we hear when we explain the exceptional edge durability of M42 tools is that using such a tool means that the need for sharpening is dramatically reduced. With the introduction of these very economically-priced M42 tools by Hamlet, we'd like to proffer a much better way of using the qualities of this steel. Sharpen as frequently as if you were using an 'ordinary' tool but take delight in the fact that your turning will be greatly improved because you will always be turning with a sharper tool. And if sharper tools make better turners, then you've surely just got to become a better turner as a result!

So what is M42 steel? It is a high-alloy High Speed Steel which, when hardened to 65/67 HRC and triple tempered creates a tool which retains ductilty to avoid brittle failures yet which affords extremely high edge durability as well as being capable of taking a finer edge than M2 HSS. Thus your tools will be sharper and will stay sharp longer. (Maybe explaining why it says 'Stay Sharp' on the handles!)

This new range from Hamlet includes unhandled tools for those who wish to make their own handles or who wish to use the tools in interchangeable-blade 'system' handles. The handled versions are finished with a smart red epoxy-coated ferrule so that you can spot the 'stars' in your tool rack or bag as easily as the tools will glide through the timber. The tools are supplied virtually ready to use, straight out of the pack, with a 45 degree bevel angle, a Celtic grind on the bowl gouges and with a secondary bevel for improved tool control. All of these tools are finished on superior CBN grinding wheels.


Hamlet Roughing, Spindle, Bowl
 and Detail Gouges

Typical Roughing Gouge representing HCT063, HCT064, HCT065, HCT066. Click for larger image
A collection of spindle gouges such as HCT067, HCT068, HCT069, HCT070, HCT071, HCT072, HCT073, HCT074, HCT075, HCT076, HCT077, HCT079, HCT080, HCT081. Click for larger image

Click for larger image. Detail gouges typical of HCT153, HCT154, HCT156, HCT157Detail Gouges
From left, 1/2" L & S; 3/8" L & S; 1/2" std.; 3/8" std.
NB:  L & S types are made from rectangular section stock; stanClick to see the Short Detail Gougesdard types are from round bar.

Mortimer Hollowing Gouges types HCT219, HCT220, HCT221. Click for larger image.Hollowing Gouges Inspired by Stuart Mortimer. These gouges have relatively short flute sections, though the lengths are graduated such that the tool for deepest hollowing has the shortest flute, hence the strongest (stiffest) blade overall..

Click for larger image. Bowl gouges: HCT082, HCT083, HCT084, HCT085, HCT086, HCT087, HCT088, HCT088A, HCT150, HCT150A, HCT151, HCT152

Photo shows standard bowl gouge range from HCT087-1" at top, HCT086-3/4", HCT084-1/2" to HCT082-1/4" at bottom.

Toolpost Compac gouges, made by Hamlet specifically for users of compact and bench-top lathes.

The ToolPost's own style of compact tools (see above) were developed to enable users of smaller compact and bench-top lathes to enjoy the fluidity of movement and correct tool presentation that is impossible when using conventional tools in a relatively confined area. If the swing on your lathe is seven inches or less, or if the between centres distance is less than about fourteen inches, then you should be looking at these tools seriously. They were designed specifically for you! See also our Compac Tool Set.


Everything you wanted to know about bowl gouges - but were afraid to ask!
Photo top left shows comparison between Celtic grind (left) and square grind (right).  Photo, left, is a detail of the Celtic grind.  Above, right, is a comparison of the flute shapes with a Hamlet standard flute on the left and Masterflute on the right.

The Celtic grind featured on these gouges can be easily maintained using the Oneway Wolverine Grinding Jig - as used in the factory to create this excellent tip profile.

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