A dedicated parting tool used both for plunge cuts to establish depths at transitions and for parting the piece from the parent material at the end of the job. The ⅛" (3mm) width provides sufficient space to get a pair of callipers in to measure the work, whilst still being reasonably thin so it cuts fast and doesn't waste length of material unnecessarily. The parallel shape is stable in the cut and easy to maintain.
Ashley Iles woodturning tools are individually handmade in England, they are ground by hand to a beautiful finish with all edges eased so that they feel wonderful in the hand. Supplied fitted with traditional pattern beech handle made in Sheffield.