The companion to the larger Uber Skew, this size is great for rolling beads, cutting coves and all close-order work. Made from powdered metal M4 high speed steel, triple tempered and cryo treated.
5/8" wide Uber Skew With this tool added to my larger skew you have a complete set to do just about anything connected with between center work. This size is wonderful for powerful work in harder woods, with less chatter and flex than many traditional skews (especially oval skews!). The steel starts at 1/2" thick at the handle and tapers to about 5/16" thick at the edge. The edge profile is one that I have popularized--not a full radiused edge skew as some believe. It has a straight section and then breaks into a curve. The long corners behind the short point are transformed into a full rounded shape (great for rolling and gliding on the tool rest--thus simplifying some of the more difficult cuts with the skew) while the area behind the long point remains flat but with the corners softened. I personally turn each handle, fix the steel into the wood and produce a nasty, wicked sharp edge (ground, hand-honed and power-honed). Comes with a solid stainless steel ferrule. Woods for the handle are Osage orange and Florida rosewood (which is in fact a true rosewood, Indian rosewood, with plantings starting in the early 20th century in Florida). As with all skews, do not use for face-grain bowl turning!
In jest, I now offer a skull and crossbones eletro-etched into any of the skews, for a fee of $10. The skew I use in demos has this feature and because so many of asked, I can now provide that option.