The name Robert Sorby needs no introduction among the experienced wood turner. This beginner turning tool set would be ideal for those people who are just entering the industry. It contains all the basic tools you would expect to use and is sufficient for most standard turning projects. Make no mistake about it, these items would be considered the real McCoy. There is no cheap stuff at work here you can expect these tools to still be around when you pop your clogs. Assuming of course they are looked after correctly.
The set consists of 6 individual tools which are a roughing gouge (3/4"), parting tool (1/8"), bowl gouge (3/8"), spindle gouge (3/8"), oval skew (3/4") and finally a round nose scraper (1/2"). All the handles have a quality feel with an expertly fitted ferrule meeting the blade. The steel used on these tools is the industry standard High Speed Steel or HSS for short. These are high performance items that have good resistance to temperature and will out perform most competitors.
I am being a little harsh but the only gripe I have with this product is the box they come in. For around £100, you would perhaps expect something a little sturdier than a glorified cardboard box. However, many companies are guilty of this so it is not exclusive to Sorby. That said there is no shortage of poor quality tools that come in a solid wood box. In those scenarios, the box is better than the tools. Overall this is a value for money purchase considering you are getting six quality tools.
I have no problem in recommending this product. You would be hard pressed to find a better wood turning tool manufacturer than Robert Sorby. This beginner turning tool set is probably the best choice for any novice turner who is looking for a good starter tool set. Shop around for competitive prices. At the time of writing, you could pick this up from some retailers for £99 which is slightly better than most who charge around the £120 mark.
Just make sure you keep those tools sharp!