By: Daniel (Mar, 2015)
I loved my Ashley Illes carving tools, so I purchased the 1.25" skew for Xmas. It appears to be a fine piece of steel (HSS) set in a beech handle with a solid brass pipe ferrel and it holds a keen edge well. I ground a belly in the edge ala Alan Lacer, as the skew is pretty much the only tool I use on a spindle and the belly gives the edge versatility. The easing of all four edges is a nice touch and promotes easy movement across the rest. One small quibble is I wish the handle was 1.5" longer, but the tool is remarkably balanced and hefty, nonetheless. For this quite reasonable price I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
I own this product.