Enhanced with a Titanium Nitride (TiN) coating to dramatically increase it's edge holding ability, Sorby's 3/4" Gold Excelsior Roughing Gouge is an extra-heavy gouge used to bring square or unevenly shaped stock to round before detail turning. It's shape enables it to cut safely by keeping the wings (side wall tips) away from the work piece. Gouge has 12" handle length and an overall length of 19". Ash handle. High Speed Steel (HSS) blade. England
Sorby Excelsior Turning Tools
Robert Sorby's Excelsior tool range has been designed with the connoisseur wood turner and those who regularly turn hard woods in mind. A plasma bonded Titanium Nitride (TiN) finish layered over traditional triple tempered High Speed Steel (HSS) provides the perfect combination for tool longevity and edge retention.
In tests the TiN coating outperforms the hardest wearing steel tools and will even better tungsten carbide. Excelsior tools' cutting edge weigh in at an impressive Rockwell hardness equivalent of 80. They will outlast standard tools by four times - more than a match for popular cryogenically treated and powdered metal turning tools.
The combination of the bonded plasma TiN finish and HSS not only eliminates the possibility of chipping and brittleness often associated with harder metals, it also allows for easy sharpening.
The TiN coating also has the added advantage of reducing friction where metal meets wood. This is particularly effective when working with extremely hard and abrasive woods or when cutting through knotted burrs.
The result – spend more time turning and less time sharpening! England