All 1/2" Bowl Gouge - Bottom Feeder flutes are individually inspected and hand polished to remove all machine marks. This extra step assures the sharpest cutting edge possible. They are shipped sharp.
The Bottom Feeder grind is used on the inside of bowls especially for finish cuts, you can also use it on the outside of bowls from the foot to the top for all of your finishing cuts, if you learn to use this grind for finish cuts your sanding will be greatly reduced. You can always sand a piece into submission, but it is not much fun.
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Posted by SR Sokol on Aug 16th 2020
I bought both sizes to used on various projects and they both work exceptionally well. Highest quality - both holds and sharpens up to a razor fine edge. I have several of D-Way Tools and They have always exceeded my expectations.
Posted by Jerry W. on Dec 1st 2019
The finish of the tools is excellent and the steel holds an edge for a very long time. I've been systematically buying the D-Way tools to replace my cheap tools that I have been using to learn sharpening and which grinds I prefer. I am thrilled with my new 3/8", 1/2", AND 5/8" bottom feeder gouges. They are not just for "bottom feeding" and leave an excellent finish. Delivery was prompt as well. This has been the case for the multiple purchases that I have made over the years.
Posted by John D from NH on Mar 19th 2019
This gouge excels at making the finish cuts on the exterior and interior of open bowls and is my preferred tool over a scraper to achieve the final cut finish. I reground a larger secondary bevel to make it more nimble but kept the 50 degree nose angle. Taking a light cut while floating the bevel leaves a refined surface that is ready for sanding. In my opinion the M42 steel and the by design rigidity of the short flute makes this gouge the best finish tool available. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants the best.
Posted by Ronald Sack on Jul 23rd 2018
Beautifully made gouge with high quality steel, great workmanship and nicely shaped gouge. It is really sharp; now if I can just replicate that shape and edge after some use.
Posted by DAVID APPLEGET on Jul 11th 2018
DAVE ,THANKS FOR A GREAT FINISHING GOUGE,THE BOTTOM FEEDER IS PERFECT
Posted by El Halley on Jun 30th 2018
I have several bowl gouges and this is my go to one for pleasurable turning and difficult grain. I researched other top brand and queried my WT expert friends and decided on this gouge
Posted by John from NH on Apr 27th 2018
The bottom feeder arrived with a pre ground 50 degree bevel which was reground to about 70 degrees to reach deep into he calabash bowls I frequently make. Also replaced my general use 1/2" and 5/8" bowl gouges with DWays because they are superior to the English industry standard M2 tools I have been using for about 30 years. Like the 6" flute length and shape, and they take and hold a very fine edge when ground on Dave's CBN wheels. Will only buy DWay turning tools in the future.
Posted by Unknown on Apr 11th 2018
I was finally able to get around the bottom of a bowl without having to change over to a scraper until I was ready to do the final clean up. Using this tool speed up the process from start to finish and made for a much better turning experience. I was also surprised at how sharp the tool was when I unwrapped it and that I was able to start turning immediately.
Posted by wudstock on Sep 10th 2017
This is my second purchase as I either mis-placed the first one or re-shaped the it. It does an excellent job of cleaning up the bottom and helps minimize sanding , thus saves time too.
Posted by Mike Turner on Aug 21st 2017
D-Way tools are my go to tools.I have several and thoroughly enjoy to use them.I highly recommend them to anyone wanting a high quality tool!
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