It is a cross between a gouge and a skew, two of my favourite pen turning tools. The only manufacturer appeared to be Ropbert Sorby, whose tools I love. I had thought of ordereing one to try but decided to put it in the to do basket for now. That was until I was at the working with wood show and saw one. I had cash left over, so I just HAD to buy one.
Keen to try it out I needed a project. Luckily I had to turn eight pens for a friend so here was my oppurtinity. I found it easy to use. Depending on the angle you can get rapid wood removal or twist and it has great skew action. I found it a little easier to use than the skew as it didnt dig in if I lost the correct angle.
The best part of it is how simple it is to sharpen. All you need is to run the flat side over a sharpening stone and hey presto it is done!
I am waiting now to try it out on a bowl or other project, but for pens it is now my favourite finishing tool.