• Wood lathe turning tool pen turning set by Carter and Son Toolworks.
  • Wood lathe turning tool pen turning set by Carter and Son Toolworks.
  • Wood lathe turning tool pen turning set by Carter and Son Toolworks.
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The Pen Turning Set

$ 179.99

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  • How This Tool Is Built
  • Priority Shipping. Free Returns.


Start tackling pen projects with quality gouges. Put our popular 1/2" spindle gouge to work roughing and shaping, and use the detail spindle gouge for fine details. 

  • Superior M42 high speed steel with a 10% cobalt content, for unparalleled edge holding 
  • M42 HSS' unique durability and razor edge mean less grinding and cleaner cuts
  • Unmatched flute polish boosts the razor edge and provides efficient chip flow
  • Put comfort and control first with an interchangeable aluminum handle
  • Handcrafted in the USA, and backed by a lifetime guarantee and hassle-free returns
  • Shipped sharp with a double bevel for reduced catches and cleaner cuts

2 tools, 1 handle, 2 adapters:

  • 1/2” spindle gouge
  • Detail spindle gouge
  • 10” or 12” x 3/4” handle
  • 3/8” adapter
  • 1/2” adapter

How This Tool Is Built

We start with the sharpest edge, and we don't stop there. Vanquish vibration, say adios to constant resharpening, and let wispy shavings fly. Delivering superior performance at your lathe drives our manufacturing. 

We’ve worked with M42 high speed steel for 4 decades, and it’s uniquely suited to woodturning. You’ll grind less - a cobalt additive provides unparalleled edge holding. And the steel produces a finer, sharper edge for clean cuts. M42 is a win-win: less grinding and smoother cuts. 

Our carefully sourced M42 starts as solid stock and is precision machined (not formed) with a unique round tang for unmatched strength. Every gouge sports a distinctive flute polish. This boosts the razor edge and provides efficient chip flow. Learn more about M42 HSS here.

Rigorous and detailed sums up our manufacturing. Each tool’s vibration-demolishing round tang has a diameter so precise you’ll hear a ‘pop’ when you pull it out of the handle. And every tool leaves our factory razor sharp and backed by a 100% lifetime guarantee. Built to last!

Rest assured our aluminum handles feel as great as they look. Perfectly weighted for balance and maneuverability, and designed to fit your hand. You’ll forget the handle is even there, in the best way possible. Two set screws secure your tool into the handle and allow removal for sharpening.

From flute polish to handle knurling, we’re not cutting corners. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been turning for decades, it’s an honor to serve you with quality tools. Learn more about our story here

Priority Shipping. Free Returns.

Priority Shipping means your tool will arrive at your lathe shortly! Once your tool has undergone our rigorous manufacturing process, we ship via priority mail for speedy delivery to your lathe. 

United States  Over $275 FREE Priority Shipping
United States Under $275 $9.95 Priority Shipping 
Canada (under 20lbs) $24.99 Standard
Canada (over 20lbs) $44.99 Standard Shipping
International (under 20 lbs) $64.95 
Standard Shipping
International (over 20lbs) $84.95 Standard Shipping


Returns are hassle free. Give us a call or send us an email and we'll provide you with a return mailing label and complete refund.  

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Incredible Quality & Care!

I received the pen turning set and a half inch skew very carefully packed and in perfect condition. The tools are the best quality I've ever held in my hand. I've yet had a chance to use them on the lathe, but I have no doubts they will exceed my expectations. They also included a free Carter and Son Toolworks coffee mug in a box with a personalized message on it that was completely unexpected and extremely well received. Having worked in a family business before, I understand the importance of the handmade quality & personal touch Carter and Son Toolworks possesses. I will no doubt be coming back for any and all turning needs!

Pen turning set

I purchased the pen turning set as a Christmas gift for my son-in-law. Although I have not used it personally, I am certain he will appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of the tools.

The only way to go

Smooth and a great feel

Nicely done

Purchased this "for my wife" who recently took our club's "learn to turn" class. But, since she was busy when it came in I had to test it for her. Like my other Carter and Son tools, this set is awesome. I turned an acrylic pen easily and (for me) smoothly. Thanks again for quality tools.


Called the company based on a recommendation. Got great advice on what to purchase for my first turning class. The experience, expertise and customer service are 1st class!
They were patient, and bent over backwards to make my purchase experience the best it could be.
they are above the norm in today's business world. Give them a try. You'll pay fairly for the quality products which came razor sharp (and stayed that way for a long time btw!) and get the best value in experience and trusted new source for tools.
Thanks to the team at Carter and Son!

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