Two or three hundred yards from where I work is a large surplus/salvage store that has lots of stuff from A to Z. Lots of interest to me including fasteners, hdwr and tools, including machining tools. They have one whole cabinet of what I'd describe as professionally ground form tools (HSS). Some straight, like lathe toolbits (some up to maybe 2" sq or rectangular) - some from rounds with just one cutting surface, kinda of a 1-flute tool. But those round ones don't seem to have any relief ground behind the cutting edge, and look like they're used in a stationary mode like a lathe tool. ...but the flute is cut so that, as a lathe tool, they'd have to be used upside down or on the backside
All of the lathe tools seem to have zero rake on top, and include some pretty complex shapes as well as coves and half-rounds.
I'm sure this all came from some large production shop's liquidation.
Do large shops normally do grinding of tools like that in-house? or farm it out to specialists?
Most of this is probably too big your average homeshop machining activity, but if anybody needs something specific send me an email and I'll try to see if they have it. I usually make a browsing trip every couple of weeks at lunch.
There's another cabinet of various reamers (mostly huge).
Their sign says $1500 for cabinet + contents, or individual items at 1/2 MSC book price. (Don't know how they'd find a book price for those form tools).
(NOTE: I have no vested interest in this. Just offering to help any of you who might be searching for some hard to find, specific tool.)