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AdrianUK

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Pulled these out of a tool chest today. I’ve read some previous threads ref various Sorby tools, so sharing for interest.
Largest is 1” & the smallest is a Henry Taylor.

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Mm nice looking old gouges...
Pass them over to me and I’ll put some nice handles on them....hehe🤫
 

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Sadly I bet he won’t offer....old cast steel is good...maintains sharp edge....
I have an old billhook I got off eBay....sharpened it and it’s got an edge like a razor blade....it’s circa 1915
 

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Had to try. :)

I've a few old tools with good blades.
Good tools are good no matter who made them.

Iain
 

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Those are turning gouges - they've got no bolsters.

Edit to add - I'm not an expert on turning, but judging by the shallow bevels at the business ends, I think they were last used for either green wood turning or on a treadle-powered lathe. Might be worth posting on the 'Wood Turning' board for a better-informed opinion.
 
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Nope... but I don’t he would sell...I wish. Could find something like those....I suspect he found them in a job lot....they would be great for greenwood turning....nice new handles etc....
 

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Thanks everyone for your comments, interesting that they may have been intended for green turning. I’ve thought about fitting handles and using them on my lathe, but undecided at present.

Originated from one of my g/f’s tool chests, wrapped in a heavy waxed paper, who was in carpentry trade early century, so imagine these may not have come to him new, I assume there are late 1800s, but I stand to be corrected.

Does any one know if the various Sorby firms were all related to the same family, Issac, Robert, I&H or which order they appeared in?
 
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