But then I ran across some Youtube videos by "Captain Eddie", or Big Guy Productions. His instructional woodturning videos were funny and educational. Lo and behold, he sells the steel and cutter portions, unhandled, of tools that are pretty similar to the Easywood tools. For 25 bucks apiece, including cutters. Add your handle and you are good to go. It was to cheap not to try, so I ordered his international package and added my own handles.
Here are the three I made, laid out beside the Easywood and a Crown scraper for perspective. I like the Easywood handle type, so I stuck with that in Maple. I apologize for the pic quality; these were done with an old Canon Powershot S80, not my usual Nikon, so the quality suffers.
A pic of the business end. From left to right is a round 3/8" bar with round 3/8" cutter, a square 3/8" bar with round 3/8" cutter, a square 1/2" bar with square 1/2" cutter, the Easywood full-size finisher which has 1/2" square bar and 5/8" round cutter, and the Crown 1" scraper.
How do I like 'em? I do! They are basically fancy scrapers with replaceable tips and never have to be sharpened. I have only used the big one, and it works great. I had to work on it a little before using it; the screw hole for the cutter needed to be countersunk (just a little oversight, no big deal). The steel is soft, it only took a few minutes to do. Eddie responded very quickly to my questions. The square cutter tends to move as you tighten it, so you have to take care to get in on straight. The round ones fit perfectly, no problems. Other than that, these things are great. Ok, they don't look as nice as the Easywoods, but for $100 per tool less, I am NOT complaining. These tools will last a lifetime.