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Democritus

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Hi Guys,
I have been given a fluted parting tool (Ashley lies). I’ve only ever used standard bladed parting tools, so I’m a bit worried about using this new one. Presumably it’s used with the flute down, so I wonder if there’s any danger of marking/ dinging tool rests. Any advice? (Don’t laugh)
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Yes they are used flute down and yes they will mark/score a standard tool rest.

What do with mine is to attach a length of round bar (circa 3mm) to the flute and use a couple of rubber bands to keep it in place. When I do this I leave a short section behind the point clear. The use of the round bar protects both the tool rest and the tool from damage.

I'm sure you already figured this bit out but you just grind the flat bevel to sharpen.
 
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