I wanted to post this as a "Review", however, not knowing how to I decided to speak with forked tongue and make this a two pronged post...
Presentation of my parting tool cady.
Review of the Woodpeckers Parting Tool.
There is a heated debate to whether Fe$tool or Woodpecker$ is the least bang for bucks.
Personally, if you want quality, you’ve gotta pay the shekels… You may get others at half the price, for which the gravy boat is not twice the flavour, however, sometimes a product comes along that shatters all myths and I’d be remiss if I kept it under my belt... and reveal it like my ample belly.
It’s on special now, and those few reduced shekels may entice some of the more frugal turners to dig into their lobster pot wallets… or use rc’s if it's ever found (llooonnnnnggggg story) .
I’ve had a number of parting tools at a combined price of much less than the Woodpeckers offering. Now if you happen to have a cheap(ish) one and happy to regularly sharpen it, or even a dear one and happy to regularly sharpen it… or even a bloody expensive one and happy to regularly sharpen it forget the ‘peckers’s one… and Hokie… not it’s not all-u-minimum.
Unfortunately I can only show this old “diamond” one
that will probably never be used again, as all my other ones (like this Sorby)
have all been donated to one of our Men’s Shed, long before I decided to do this write up.
They come with a replaceable fluted tip and you can purchase additional fluted or square tips and supplied with a fitting tool, You may say…
“If they’re so bloody good, why do you need a replacement tip?”… that’s ‘cause if you’re clumsy like me and drop it, Murphy dictates it’s gonna land on it’s tip and if you have a concrete floor, the impact will disagree between both the unwilling parties. If you have a wooden floor, Murphy’s father will guarantee that the tip will dislodge and while it can be re-inserted, you’ll probably never find the little sucker amongst all the crap on the floor… and if your floor is clean, Grandpa Murphy will ensure it’ll manage to slide under something you cannot move or access… so buy a backup as you can’t sharpen a missing tip (if you so choose to), and dentists charge a small fortune for chipped teeth.
This is a picture of cuts made with the ‘peckers and the old ones…
The red circled (sounds better than ovaled) furry lines were made by the then recently sharpened Sorby blade, while the neat cuts were made by the ‘peckers… and in half (or less) time.
As always for those that hate reading, I’ve made a quick (for me) introductory video of the tool,
and a SketchUp animation of the cady,
If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD