They are typical HSS tools for a very reasonable price. I have some and they are good.
I know a very experienced turner who did a bit of investigation into tools and he said they were as good as anything other than some specially treated tools or those with some more exotic steels. All of these tools were quite a bit more expensive. There are a lot of regular HSS tools that are considerably more expensive than Benjamin's Best.
I do own and use a Benjamin Best 3/8; 1/2; 5/8 " bowl gouges. In addition a scrapper or two and I think a parting tool. Although they may not be the very best tools on the market.....they have sured me well and I am not disappointed in any of them.......... Take that for what it is worth.......Would I buy others? the answer to that is yes...in fact I am quite sure I will buy more of these in the future.
Just to let you know..... I did not buy mine from Penn State. John at WoodChuckers carries anything Penn State sells and often a bit cheaper........ I highly recommend WoodChuckers. Of course I just now noticed your location, so I think Penn would be your best bet..........
Last edited by Brian_ToyGuy; 01-22-2011 at 07:12 AM.
I bought 2 BB bowl gouges on Ebay. The 1/4 in gouge was very good but the 1/2 in gouge was useless. The 1/2 in was made of a very poor grade steel. The wings on a long grind would actually bend over and it could not hold an edge. It would seem That this is rare for Bennes, as all other reports I've seen were positive. Goes to show - bad things can happen to good people lol
In a 2007 article on Woodcentral Bill Neddow says that there were a few "tempering" problems reported with some Benjamins Best tools earlier. Since he uses them along with others I presume the problem has been cleared up.