Skew chisels are predominantly used for spindle turning to smooth long round and curved pieces. It can also be used to cut V-grooves, squaring off and parting.
Rolled edge skews are perhaps the best type of skew chisel available. Still manufactured from flat bar for a large mass on turnings, the edges are radiused so if a dig-in occurs, the tool rest is not damaged, meaning that it won't have to be re-adjusted for future turnings if the nick gets in the way. It also provides better control. For this reason we now only stock rolled edge skews in the Crown range.
Blade length = 185mm
Handle length = 254mm
About Crown Cryogenic Steel
The Crown Cryogenic range are high quality turning tools with a difference. Using cryogenically treated tools means that now you can turn more and sharpen less often. The tools are made from M2 Steel that are heat treated normally then taken down to temperatures as low as -185°C which changes the molecular structure of the steel.
The two main crystals in tooling steel are the larger and softer austenite and the smaller, more stable martensite. Normal heat treatment seeks to transform the austenite to martensite to produce steel with good wear characteristics and an amount of ductile properties.
The cryogenic process greatly enhances and accelerates the austenic transformation. Another benefit is that at these extreme temperatures, fine ‘eta’ carbides are formed within the carbon structure. Growing very slowly and only at these very low temperatures, ‘eta’ carbides are extremely small and act as a ‘filler’ between the other crystals in the metal.
The combined effect of heat treatment and cryogenic processing is to produce a refined crystal structure in your hand tool that will give a lifetime’s service by producing a blade that will retain its edge longer and give a superior ‘feel’ in use.
All Crown Cryogenic Turning Tools are finished with beautiful black Ash handles.