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Robert Sorby Micro Spiraling Set
1) Submitted by Chuck from WASHINGTON
 on 8/21/2011
Well..what can I say...I went down to the Tukwila,Wa. store to pick up a router base and they had this really nice lady Carol doing a demo on a mini lathe turning an ice scream scoop I saw she had the knurling on a handle and she showed me how …
Hollowing Tools SOV-RS for Sorby Sovereign Turning Tool System 
2) Submitted by Walt Moore, from Kokomo, IN
 on 5/21/2011
I think the Sorby wood turning tools are the best available. This particular tool allows you to do all that the said to do.
Robert Sorby Sovereign Turning Tool System
3) Submitted by Bogie, from HELOTES, TX
 on 5/7/2011
Having spent two years on Exchange with the Royal Air Force I knew the Brits made some excellent tools but this handle was well beyond my expectations. I am currently recovering from a knee revision surgeryreplaced the replacement knee put in in …
Robert Sorby Spindlemaster
4) Submitted by David Gould, from Milan, IL
 on 3/21/2011
Excellent product. Works as well as advertised.
Robert Sorby Bowl Gouges
5) Submitted by David Kwiatkowski, from Milwaukee, WI
 on 8/22/2010
The 3/8 inch Robert Sorby bowl gouge I recently purchased is made from high quality materials, sturdy, and comfortable to use. The gouge has made my venture into bowl turning a very positive experience.
Robert Sorby Micro Spindle Set
6) Submitted by Joe Bailey, from Fort Worth, TX
 on 5/27/2010
I am a relative newcomer to woodturning and I bought this set of tools thinking I might find them use in pen turning and other smaller projects even though I was otherwise advised. It turns out my instincts were absolutely correct. Even though my …
Robert Sorby Spindlemaster
7) Submitted by Jeremy, from Stow, OH
 on 2/22/2010
Excellent Product!!!! Comes fully sharpened and polished. Cut wood like butter. Leaves soft and hardwoods super smooth very little if any sanding needed.
Robert Sorby Square-End Scraper
8) Submitted by Brian Saks, from Ridgefield, WA
 on 2/15/2010
Great weight and balance. Excellent tool and easy to use.
Robert Sorby Micro Spiraling Set
9) Submitted by Jeff Parker, from Erie, PA
 on 10/5/2009
I bought this because I tried a pen wizare that cost 100s more and didn't do what I wanted so I bought this tool and it works fantasticly. I use it to put spirals on pen bodies and can make any pattern I want. And now I see you can buy other tools …
Robert Sorby Micro Hollowing Set
10) Submitted by Jacob Cooper, from Boone, NC
 on 7/31/2009
I'm very pleased with this tool. Its my first Robert Sorby and I'll be back for more. I usually turn smaller projects and have had some trouble with a bowl gouge, but the Hollowing Set makes turning a bowl or goblet very easy. The Boring Blade …
Robert Sorby Bowl Gouges
11) Submitted by Mark Ray, from Lakewood, CO
 on 2/24/2009
Just a beginner bowl turner, but I just realized the joy of having a great tool to do the job!
Robert Sorby Extra Heavy Duty Scraper
12) Submitted by Bogie, from Helotes, TX
 on 12/5/2008
Excellent cutting and absolutely no chattering--straight out of the box.
Robert Sorby Square-End Scraper
13) Submitted by G Wheeler from WV
 on 8/27/2008
Nice weight and length. Easy to use.
Fluted Parting Tool, 2mm
14) Submitted by Darrell E Clemons, from Lake Wales, FL
 on 8/4/2008
Love this little tool. Small, light, and what a fine job it does. I would tell anyone that turns, no matter how many parting tools you might already have, get one of these.

About Robert Sorby

With a heritage that dates back over 200 years, it’s no surprise Robert Sorby hand tools set the benchmark by which all other carving and woodturning tools are judged. At Rockler, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of Sorby tools, from spiraling sets and sanding tools to chisels, scrapers, gouges, and calipers. All of Sorby's cutting tools feature the legendary tool steel blades that have made them popular for two centuries, fine edges that will hold up long after lesser tools.

The Spindlemaster has become one of Sorby's most popular new skew chisels for wood turning incorporating both flat and oval faced cutting edges into a single tool. The oval face helps eliminate grain tearout caused by the sharp corners of a conventional skew chisel, while still providing the smooth slicing action of a skew chisel. The flat faced side is designed for truing straight sections of your piece and cutting end grain.  Large sturdy hardwood handles fit comfortably in the hand and give excellent control over your cut. These chisels come in four sizes from micro to 1" and are well suited for shaping everything from delicate ornamental pieces to bed posts.

When it comes time to apply that high polish to your turning, Sorby’s Sandmaster is an ideal tool for all your round projects. The design incorporates a free spinning sanding pad on an adjustable pivoting head akin to a long armed random orbital sander. The rotating action of the head nearly eliminates sanding marks common with static hand held methods and effectively extends the life of your cutting surface by continually un-loading the abrasive. The sponge pad also ensures that there are no hard spots to scratch your work. The tool is equipped with Sorby's large sturdy hardwood handle that fits comfortably in the hands and gives excellent control over your work, the pivoting head allows access to even the most contorted surfaces. Hook and loop sanding disks are available from 60 to 400 grit, and for a 2" or 3" pad. For that particularly fine polish a buffing pad mandrel is also available.

If you're looking to get started in turning, need a perfect gift for your favorite woodworker, or just want to expand your tooling range then a Robert Sorby turning tool set can be an excellent value. Sets incorporating several tools for specific tasks such as bowl carving, spiraling, or delicate small scale work are available, and at a significant savings over individual purchases. An excellent example is Sorby's Micro Hollowing set, a modular system designed specifically for hollowing small delicate projects. The set comes with three replaceable blades covering all the basics necessary, and of course they are all made using Sorby's legendary HSS tool steel blades.

The basic workhorses for cutting end grain in turning projects are scrapers, and Sorby has a stable full of ‘em. Whether you looking for a fine little 1/2" round nose, an all purpose square end, or the massive heft of a bulk material removing extra heavy duty scraper Sorby has it. All their scrapers feature the legendary Tool Steel blades and large comfortable hardwood handles giving you excellent control and chatter free years of use.

When a project calls for a match between multiple turned pieces or work closely drawn from a patten or model, you'll need a good set of measuring calipers. Sorby makes the best. These high quality instruments are a pleasure to use and will offer years of reliably accurate service. They are available in a range of sizes and configurations to cover virtually any task you will encounter.

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
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