For most of my turning life I have used wooden handle on my tools. Now, since I have started using the Thompson handle I have fallen in love with it, right after my wife, Dori LOL. I realize the advantage of removing the handle, is huge! I remove the handle to sharpen. I remove the handle to sheer scrape on hollow forms when the bed or headstock gets in the way of sheer scraping with the handle down. I prefer a lighter handle, so I remove Doug Thompson’s steel shot.
The Thompson handle fits all 5/8 inch diameter tools. There are adapters available for other size tools.