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Robert Sorby Spindle Gouges

The turning gouge is the single most important turning tool and is the tool that every amateur should start out with. For beginning turners, we recommend the Robert Sorby fingernail profile gouges. These tools offer the most control and are the least likely to "catch" and tear up your work. The easiest solution of all is the Robert Sorby "Spindlemaster", which is a kind of hybrid gouge-scraper. This tool is the best solution for the casual amateur who does not wish to spend the time mastering the turning gouge and wants good results quickly.

Robert Sorby produces more turning tools every year than any one else. Robert Sorby's high speed steel turning chisels remains the bench mark by which all others are judged. All of the chisels on this page are made from Robert Sorby's M2 high-speed steel and are suitable for the most rigorous production work. The Robert Sorby Gold Series tools have a Titanium Nitride coating that increases the edge retention by approximately three times over that of standard models.


Robert Sorby Fingernail Profile Spindle Gouges

Robert Sorby offers a full selection of gouges with a factory ground fingernail profile. The Robert Sorby fingernail profile turning gouges come with a medium grind which is the easiest to use, but also allows the turner to easily modify the profile, if desired. Robert Sorby Fingernail Profile Gouges
Stock # Description Size Price QtyBuy
840FH-3/8 Fingernail Spindle Gouge 3/8" $42.95
840FH-1/2 Fingernail Spindle Gouge 1/2" $52.95


Robert Sorby Spindle Gouges - Standard Strength

These are detailing tools used on between-center work, where the grain is running parallel to the bed bars. They are used to create coves, beads and other profiles on goblets, vases and egg cups.

The Excelsior (Gold) range is made from High Grade High Speed Steel with Titanium Nitride Coating. They have up to 4 times longer cutting edge life. Reduced surface friction gives a smoother cutting action.
Robert Sorby Spindle Gouge

Stock # Description Size Price QtyBuy
840H-1/4 Spindle Gouge
Length 16-1/2", Handle Length 10"
1/4" $34.95
840GH-1/4 Spindle Gouge - Gold Series
Length 16-1/2", Handle Length 10"
1/4" $43.95
840H-3/8 Spindle Gouge
Length 16-1/2", Handle Length 10"
3/8" $39.95
840GH-3/8 Spindle Gouge - Gold Series
Length 16-1/2", Handle Length 10"
3/8" $45.95
840H-1/2 Spindle Gouge
Length 18-1/4", Handle Length 12"
1/2" $45.95
840GH-1/2 Spindle Gouge - Gold Series
Length 18-1/4", Handle Length 12"
1/2" $54.95
840H-3/4 Spindle Gouge
Length 18-1/4", Handle Length 12"
3/4" $64.95


Robert Sorby Spindle Gouges - Continental Style
Originating from Europe, these tools have gained a reputation for their superb handling qualities on spindle work. Being a forged construction, they have an even wall thickness, thereby increasing the finesse without compromising the strength.
Robert Sorby Continental Gouges
Stock # Description Size Price QtyBuy
839H-12 Spindle Gouge
Length 15-1/2", Handle Length 10"
12mm $44.95
839H-19 Spindle Gouge
Length 16", Handle Length 10"
19mm $49.95
839H-25 Spindle Gouge
Length 18-1/2", Handle Length 12"
25mm $59.95
839H-35 Spindle Gouge
Length 18-1/2", Handle Length 12"
35mm $79.95


Robert Sorby Spindle Gouges - Long & Strong
Apart from the length of the blade, the tools are identical to the standard strength gouges. The increased length of the blades allows a further reach into the workpiece.
Robert Sorby Spindle Gouges
841H-1/2 Spindle Gouge
Length 21", Handle Length 12"
1/2" $44.95


Robert Sorby Spindlemaster
The most frustrating thing that faces amateur turners is digs-ins, both with turning gouges and skew chisels. The Robert Sorby Spindlemaster does away with this problem. The Robert Sorby Spindlemaster is easy to use for even the least experienced turner. In addition to doing the regular planing job of the skew chisel, the Robert Sorby Spindlemaster will also cut both beads and coves. The Robert Sorby Spindlemaster will leave a smooth finish even when working on soft woods like pine, with which amateurs often have trouble.
Robert Sorby Spindlemaster
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Stock # Description Size Price QtyBuy
812H-1/2 Spindlemaster
Length 16", Handle Length 10"
1/2" $39.95
812H-3/4 Spindlemaster
Length 16", Handle Length 10"
3/4" $44.95
812H-1 Spindlemaster
Length 18", Handle Length 12"
1" $48.95

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