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Turning tools, the choice of materials
High speed steel woodturning tools have a better wear resistance due to their strong alloy and the significant presence of hard carbide producing elements (tungsten and vanadium) in their composition. The quality of cut and the recurrence of sharpening being two essential criteria in the shaping of turned pieces, high speed steel is preferred to carbon steel, which requires more frequent sharpening, or to metal carbide whose cutting quality is lower.
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