I have three sets of full size (not for pen turning) turning tools. I don'
t know their history as I got each set from descendants of the original own
ers. I am trying to identify whether they have good steel and are worth ke
eping for my future turning aspirations. In the future, I expect to turn s
ome furniture parts, a few bowls, but turning will not be the main part of
my woodworking efforts.
I think the sets are pre-1980s and probably pre-1970s or even 1960s. They
are described as follows:
Set1 (9 tools) - These have a label on the handle that says "Craftsman" (al
a Sears) and that label could be a decal. It is well attached. The handle
s are wood and stained red. The steel is dull and looks, to the uneducated
eye, as the same as I see on old, quality chisels. No markings on the ste
Set2 (8tools) - These have a blue paper label on natural wood handles that
says "Marples Made in Sheffield England". The steel is bright and some are
marked (surface printed) with both imperial and metric sizes.
Set3 (8 tools) - These have the brand stamped into both the steel and handl
e, which is natural wood. The lettering says "Disston USA" with a keystone
logo. The letters and logo in the handle are colored red. The steel is b
These all have some light surface rust, which should clean up fine, however
the rust on the Craftsman tools gives me more a feeling of quality steel (
gut feeling, not sure why).
Are there ways that I can evaluate these sets to determine if they have goo
d steel and are worth keeping and using? Any insight you can provide is mu
PS: Also cross posting to alt.craftes.woodturning