There is nothing like a wonderfully sharp carbon steel skew chisel for producing a clean glossy finished surface on the wood. The tool is usually used on its side, short edge at the bottom, and cuts with the lower half of the edge. With the skew inverted, the tip can be used to carve in crisp features like lines and v grooves.
Ashley Iles round the edges of the skew chisel so that it rides easily along the tool rest without snagging.
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I have various of the Ashley Iles pole lathe tools and they are great, good and sharp out of the packet, and work well, and in the right hands, recommended.