Win 1 of 3 limited-edition Turners Retreat 25th anniversary parting tools


Established in May 1999, Turners Retreat is the retail arm of Robert Sorby Ltd, and over the last 20 years, has become one of the UK’s premier woodturning retail outlets. To celebrate 25 years of excellence, we’ve teamed up with Turners Retreat to give three lucky readers the chance to win a very special, limited-edition parting tool.

Special – from handle to tool tip

What makes these tools stand out is the fact that only 30 have been made, so they really are limited edition. The handle is also truly unique and special as it’s made from Sherwood Forest oak. This features a 25-year anniversary inscription, and finally, the blade is made by Robert Sorby in Sheffield.


The Major Oak – a large English oak tree – is situated near the village of Edwinstowe in the midst of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood’s shelter where he and his merry men slept

Slim parting tool

A favourite among woodturners, this 2mm (1⁄16in) parting tool features a slim blade, which allows for a very fine parted section to be achieved. This is especially useful when grain match after parting is required – for example, separating a lid from its box.

Made from the finest Sheffield steel in Robert Sorby’s factory, the blade of this particular tool is 32mm (11⁄4in) deep, giving strength to such a thin section, which eliminates flex and vibration.

Technical specification

FEATURES: Double bevel HSS cutting face; Handle length – 150mm (6in); Overall blade length – 114mm (41⁄2in); flute type – spiral

MATERIALS: 32mm (11⁄4in) Robert Sorby M2 High Speed Steel blade


GENERAL CARE: Robert Sorby recommend applying a light oil to the blades when not in use, to keep them in perfect condition


Celebrate with Turners Retreat

To find out more about Turners Retreat’s 25th anniversary, see our special feature in the April 2024 issue. Also, to celebrate 25 years with its customers in 2024, a special open event is due to be held in June. For more information on this and other events, email [email protected] or visit the website:

Please note the entry deadline for this competition is 19 April 2024.


To be in with a chance of winning limited-edition Turners Retreat 25th anniversary parting tools, answer the multiple choice question below:

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