From the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle, D-Way Tools make premium turning tools, using top of the line materials!!! D-Way wood turning tools are machined from premium M-42 cobalt high speed steel. M-42 is chosen for its superior wear resistance and edge holding qualities compared to the more commonly used M-2 steel. Heat treating is accomplished with nitrogen in a vacuum chamber to prevent contamination. The steel is then triple tempered to achieve a hardness of 64 – 66 HRC, yielding a hard (but not too hard) material. The result is an very durable edge that retains its sharpness for a long period of time. All flutes are individually inspected and hand polished to remove machine marks. This extra step assures the sharpest cutting edge and smooth removal of shavings. All D-Way tools are shipped sharpened.