I teach basic bowl turning at the local WoodCraft and this is a subject that I've had discussed with new turners and WoodCraft owners and sales personal. Since I teach for WoodCraft I can't "bad mouth" the tools and quite frankly wouldn't anyway. They have their place and use. But I have always stressed basic bowl turning should be about learning to turn to get the best results. This last Saturday one of the turners brought their 3 "Easy" turning tools, well it was "now what" time. I went over the basic pro's and con's of these tools and that fact that I did use them for some projects and was not anti their use. I also let them know that we would be using bowl gouges for the class, but if the student wanted to use her tools that would be fine. We were using Dry Popular and what saved me was having them use the Easy tools and feel the finish and then I used my Doug Thompson bowl gouge on the same surface and let them feel the surface. Everyone was happy to try the bowl gouges. For instructors this is going to be more and more of an issue. Cost of ownership for the Carbide tools is really lower at least at first, as you have no grinder, wheels, jigs and jig for the jigs to worry about. At some point I'm going to have to put something together to compare the two options for new turners and try to be objective. Should be fun.