sovereign system

Sovereign is a new handle system for woodturners. Like all other Robert Sorby products it is made in Sheffield to the most exacting engineering standards. Sovereign is the name of the interchangeable handle which comes in two lengths - 16" and 22".

The handles are made of aluminium and alloy in combination to give the best of strength, balance and vibration dampening qualities. Each handle comes with a durable Softex grip for extra comfort. Additional knurling provides a further non-slip surface. Both handles will take turning chisels with a 5/8" diameter shaft. Also included are 3/8" and ½" collets to accept tools with those diameters thereby allowing the turner to use his Sovereign for a whole host of different chisels (Note: American-made tools are measured by bar diameter whilst European brands are measured by flute size. Hence the 3/8" collet is designed for a European ¼" gouge, and the ½" collet for a 3/8" gouge whilst the ½" gouge will fit directly into the handle ).The Sovereign handles and collet system are ideal for quick change from one tool to another. At the same time they enable the turner to lengthen or shorten the tool length.

There a several optional extras with the Sovereign System. Whilst the handles are beautiful balanced some turners like a bit of extra weight for control and hence there is a counterweight to fit both handles. For extra control a side handle is also offered. This can be used either on the side or top of the tool in use. For those requiring an even longer handle there is also a threaded coupler which enables the turner to fit two handles together for extra leverage.

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Ref. Description
SOV-12 Handle only
SOV-12S 12" Sovereign System includes SOV-CT and SOVC10 collets
SOV-16 Handle only
SOV-16S 16" Sovereign System includes SOV-C13 and SOV-C10 collets
SOV-12 Handle only
SOV-22s 22" Sovereign System includes SOV-C13 and SOV-C10 collets
Optional extras
SOV-C10 Sovereign 3/8" Collet
SOV-C13 Sovereign ½" Collet
SOV-C06 Sovereign Collet - pilot bored
SOV-CW Sovereign Counterweight
SOV-SH Sovereign Side Handle
SOV-TC Sovereign Threaded Coupler
SOV-CT To fit flat tang tools
The following Robert Sorby turning chisels fit the Sovereign System:
842 ¼" Bowl Gouge ¼"
842F ¼" Fingernail Bowl Gouge ¼"
842 3/8" Bowl Gouge 3/8"
842F 3/8" Fingernail Bowl Gouge 3/8"
842 ½" Bowl Gouge 1/2"
842F ½" Fingernail Bowl Gouge ½"
842 ¾" Bowl Gouge ¾"
8427 ½" Extra Long Bowl Gouge ½"
8427 ¾" Extra Long Bowl Gouge ¾"
840 3/8" Spindle Gouge 3/8"
840F 3/8" Fingernail Spindle Gouge 3/8"
840 1/2" Spindle Gouge 1/2"
840F 1/2" Fingernail Spindle Gouge 1/2"
841 3/8" Long & Strong Spindle Gouge 3/8"
841 ½" Long & Strong Spindle Gouge 1/2"
At the same time we have also developed a number of popular hollowing blades specifically to fit the Sovereign System. These are derivates of existing tools with conventional wooden handles.
SOV -RS200 Multi Tip Hollowing Tool incl. 2 hollowing tips and a finishing scraper
SOV-RS100 Midi Multi Tip Hollowing Tool incl. 2 hollowing tips and a finishing scraper
SOV-RS300 Extra Long Multi Tip Hollowing Tool incl. 2 hollowing tips tips and a finishing scraper
SOV-RS230 Hollowmaster incl. a hollowing tip and a finishing scraper
SOV-RS130 Midi Hollowmaster incl. a hollowing tip and a finishing scraper
SOV-RS340 Extra Long Hollowmaster incl. a hollowing tip and a finishing scraper