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Old Craftsman Tool question
Sep 13th, 2021 at 8:32am
 
I picked up some old Craftsman turning tools at a garage sale. Three of the tools have an insert on the tips, the two gouges shown in the picture and the skew. My question is are the inserts carbide or just an upgraded HSS?
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Re: Old Craftsman Tool question
Reply #1 - Sep 13th, 2021 at 10:26am
 
One way to check is with a magnet. Carbide is only slightly attracted to a magnet. I realize you have steel in close proximity to your cutting tips. However a small magnet should give you an accurate answer to your question. By small I mean similar to the ones in the box pictured.
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Reply #2 - Sep 13th, 2021 at 12:08pm
 
Wouldn't it spark differently on the grinder?
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Reply #3 - Sep 29th, 2021 at 12:17pm
 
I suspect that those tools have HSS tips on carbon steel shanks - carbide technology is relatively new, and the tools were described as 'old' Craftsman.

Ralph - I think you are referring to the difference in sparking between HSS and carbon steel.  If the tips are carbide, they are more likely to shatter on a grinder.
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Re: Old Craftsman Tool question
Reply #4 - Oct 12th, 2021 at 11:03pm
 
Craftsman did manufacture a 4 or 5 piece set of tungsten carbide tipped turning tools - I think there was a scraper, gouge , cut off tool , and a skew  . Although what is for debate is the definition of craftsman high speed steel , and in turn what kind of tungsten carbide did they solder or braze to said hss tool or lesser grade steel -Although craftsman says their turning tools are high speed steel - I would say it is a lesser grade than say a Thompson bowl gouge - and much better than say the harbor freight specials . I am not a tool snob so much as I have several craftsman in my collection of turning tools including a skew or two - but have learned to really love my sorby bowl gouges -but there is even room for a harbor freight scraper I converted from a skew
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