Review

I’ve always preferred using high-speed steel turning tools that I could shape and sharpen as needed.
But Easy Wood Tools’ carbide-tipped turning chisels impressed me: The insert tips are sharper than I expected, and they held that edge a long time, even when turning dense white oak and maple into heaping piles of shavings. For once, it was nice to not have to stop and sharpen the tools—I could just enjoy turning. And when the cutting edge eventually did dull, I simply rotated the cutter to expose a pristine edge. But it’s important to keep in mind that the Easy Wood Tools chisels (like all other carbide-insert tools) are scrapers and, as with any scraper, seldom yield turnings as smooth as those created with sharp traditional gouges and skews. So they won’t completely replace those tools. Still, there’s almost no learning curve, and they’ll make a great addition to any turner’s collection. Easy Wood Tools makes chisels with square, round, and diamond-shape replaceable tips. They come in three lengths, and the handles are color coded to the shape of the cutter for quick reference. —Tested by Brian Simmons, WOOD Magazine

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.5
out of 5