New from Robert Sorby

Thursday 15 September 2011

As every woodturner knows effective sharpening is fundamental to accurate turning. The keener the cutting edge, the more exact the angle the more precise the finished article will be.

To help turners overcome uncertainty and provide quick, easier and repeatable sharpening, two new accessories from Robert Sorby have been designed to remove the guesswork.

Long Grind Jig

Firstly for turners who favour a longer wing profile on bowl and spindle gouges Robert Sorby has introduced its long grind jig. Not only does this offer the fingernail profile, popular across the woodturning fraternity but it gives a further two options: the long grind and the extra long grind offered by this jig giving the turner more choice at an attractive price.

The simple and easy to use barrel design imitates and is interchangeable with the tool holder as standard with Robert Sorby's Fingernail Profiler. The long and extra long grinds being easily achieved as the tool is suspended further away from the grinding wheel or belt.

Used in conjunction with Robert Sorby's fingernail profiling arm ensures pressure is kept to a consistent level helping to eliminate the building up of facets caused by uneven pressure when sharpening freehand.


Supporting this is the Robert Sorby ProSet, a simple but ingenious method for ensuring the exact bevel angle is achieved each time a fingernail, long or extra long grind is required.

The ProSet provides preset 35, 40, 45, 50 degrees in a metal template design. Simply place the gouge in the profile arm and butt up against the required setting before locking the clamp on the arm in the appropriate position.

Clive Brooks, Robert Sorby product manager and demonstrator said: "The protrusion of the gouge from the clamp of the profile arm determines the accuracy of the bevel angle when using the Fingernail Profiler. To eliminate any uncertainty and to ensure repeatability when sharpening it was decided that a simple system that can be attached to the bench to provide the consistent angles needed - the ProSet is the result."

Both products are designed to work equally effectively with standard wheel sharpening systems or with Robert Sorby's ProEdge system.


Prices: Long Grind Jig - £9.95; ProSet - £9.95 (prices inc VAT)

Contact: Robert Sorby

Tel: 0114 225 0700