Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
can only buy one lathe tool, which one for pens?

Arw01
>Received my Jet Mini Lathe a couple of days ago, some the worse for Amazon shipping, but functional while I am ignored in customer services by both Amazon and Jet.

I had planned on buying a set of the Windsor design lathe tools from my local Harbor Freight, but they tell me I can only order them on-line now. Since HF has a terrible shipping policy, and they won't come in time for instant gratification, I am off to a couple local supply stores to get one lathe tool.

My plan for the immediate future is turning cros-cut pens from purpleheart. I have been using a Japanwoodworker chisel for my "skew" the last two days, and a skew appears to be nothing more than a chisel slick in reality.

Therefore should I buy a spindle gouge first or a try skew in order to bring the square blanks down to round and get them pretty smooth or another type of initial lathe tool?

Thanks
Alan

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