Is anybody else fed up with HSS parting blades that were made on the same production line as Chinese butter in the melamine scare? I am quite disappointed that I can't find new USA made HSS parting blades in my Ameritool catalog and that the ones the previous owner of my lathe left me are from India and about as hard as a wet noodle.
Maybe if we band together, we can get some decent ones.
I sent in a query to my rep at Crucible Metals today and he said that they can get them made and but there is a $350 minimum order and that they are about $25 each US with an 8 week lead time. On the bright side, they are available in Rex 76 tool steel with a Rockwell hardness of 70! Take a look at the PDF on the following page: http://www.crucibleservice.com/produ...al/toolbit.cfm
I was interested in the 5/8 x 1/16 x 5 version.
The 20 or so blades in the minimum order represents what may be a lifetime supply for me and a show stopper. On the other hand, If there are 15-18 more people around here that would be willing to buy one, I would probably be willing to buy the lot, and sell everybody theirs at cost plus the price of a padded envelope and postage.
This may be a horribly bad idea but I figured I'd float it. Depending on how the minimum order amount works, we might also be able to pad the order out with other wierd stuff we "need".
Tell me what you all think of this idea. If we order by Christmas, we can give them to SWMBO's as Valentines gifts since they are almost as hard as diamonds