Turning Archive 2008

Subject:
Skew from old file?

Joe Pack
>I inherited a couple of old skews...one that is only 1 3/4" long that barely reaches the wood and is ready to be put to rest, and one that is made from an old file.

I vaguely remember a discussion of skews made from old files, remembering that some said this was not a good idea because of danger of shattering. Is this true? Should one use a turning tool made from a 1" x 3/16" file? Why or why not?

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