But if it's most of the HSS steels, any fool can get the heat
treatment right, It's far easier than a plain high carbon steel
(albeit less flexible).
This is why cheap carving chisels (high carbon steel) are so often
rubbish, but turning tools (HSS for better wear-resistance) can be
made by any monkey, even Crown.
The really high-end makers might do all sorts of bizarre cryogenic
processing to A2 (and many claim it's worthwhile) but if you take a
lump of this steel, heat it once, just leave it alone to get cold and
then sharpen it with an angle grinder, then you'll still get a decent
cutting tool that's better than much of the low-end stuff.
Have never used Crown brand but Flextools are excellent and I consider
them "can't go wrong tools". LOve mine they keep their sharpness
longer than most other tools. I would tend to stay away from Sorby
they make great Lathe chisels but not carving. If you have money to
burn Stubai are the best of the best.
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