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    As you can see many opinions...In my experience and I have tried both, the carbide ones don't allow you to slide the bevel or get the correct slicing angle that you get from a gouge or a skew so the wood gets ripped rather than sliced. This is all well and good for a hard wood but when you get to soft wood or even Oak then you get chipping or minute holes which are more difficult to remove or hide. I tend to use carbide as a hollowing tool and gouges or skews as an exterior cutting and finishing tool. If you learn both then you will get a much wider repertoire of turning and use less sandpaper personally I use an Ashley Iles Martin Pigeon allrounder with long sides as a shaping and tool and skew at the same time then you dont get the catches of a skew.

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    Thanks one and all for you time and trouble really helpful and has put me on the right track.

    I intend to learn both practices... hence running out today and picked up some second hand Record Power chisels in mint condition I might add for €60.
    2/8 - 3/8 - 1/2 " and a 1" gouges 1" skew 3/8 parting tool and a 3/32 parting tool I don't think they are HSS though?.

    My kids keep asking me what I want for Christmas and as I had to pay for my own teeth last Christmas I am taking nothing but cash I intend to purchase some good quality chisels with the funds 300 to 400 euros, if you only had the chisels I have just purchased what would you buy.

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    Just put my glasses on and in quite big letters on the shafts it reads HSS

     
     
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    Personally I would buy a roughing gouge Axminster HSS Spindle Roughing Gouge - Woodturning Gouges - Woodturning Tools - Lathe Accessories - Machinery Accessories - Accessories | Axminster Tools & Machinery

    A parting tool, this can be used as a beading tool as well Henry Taylor Parting Tools - Woodturning Beading & Parting Tools - Woodturning Tools - Lathe Accessories - Machinery Accessories - Accessories | Axminster Tools & Machinery

    if you want a sturdy bowl gouge and with long sides ground to an elsworth shape then this is great 12mm 1/2 Martin Pidgen All Rounder (Multi-purpose Gouge) [H68] : Ashley Iles Tool Store

    and maybe a half round scraper, with all of those you can do virtually everything on top of the tools you have already. The specialist tools come later as you develop your skills and the bug for turning and everyone buys a new one for each event in your life.

    Spend the rest of your money on a decent sharpening system with the appropriate grinding attachments, speak to Glen Lucas in Ireland Glenn Lucas Master Woodturner | Woodturning classes, videos & tools based in Ireland he is an excellent turner and teacher (and drinker tell him I said so!!). I personally like Tormek, others will say Sorby, whatever if your tools aren't sharp they will not work and you will give up out of frustration.

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    Iíve bought several parting tools before and hardly ever use them since I bought a Firmager:

    Crown Hand Tools Firmager Thin Parting Tool 1.5mm/1/16in. | The Toolpost

    I was using my spindle roughing gouge on a handle the other day and it was cutting so well I wished it was smaller so I could do even more of the turning with it. Iím now thinking of adding a 3/4Ē one to my tool collection.

     
     
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    I rarely if ever use some of the chisels listed,after a while we all favour but a few of the long list. most excitement over the so called NEW chisels wanes.

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    Honestly deep appreciation of all advice given and the more I follow up on the said advice the more i'm hooked. Great and very useful links and now I have had 5 posts and been able to look at your work it confirms to me I will always be a jack of all trade and not a master. This truly is not meant to be patronising or with a ( Z ) I am like a kid at Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadbelly View Post
    ... hence running out today and picked up some second hand Record Power chisels in mint condition I might add for €60.
    2/8 - 3/8 - 1/2 " and a 1" gouges 1" skew 3/8 parting tool and a 3/32 parting tool

    I intend to purchase some good quality chisels with the funds 300 to 400 euros, if you only had the chisels I have just purchased what would you buy.

    Russ.
    I wouldn't use the money to buy any more chisels at all to be frank. The ones you have are descent enough quality to get you started, and you have a wide enough selection to begin with too. As you gain experience, you will be able to establish for yourself where the gaps are in your tool collection and which ones you may wish to upgrade, rather than rushing out now and spending on tools you may never use.

    Personally, I would spend the money on a good sharpening system,, like the Sorby ProEdge.
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    My favourite chisel for turning pens is a 1/2" skew.

    COOPER 01/08/1998-31/01/2012

     
     

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