I just bought a set of cobalt drills, 29 pieces - fractional set, on ebay. The quality of the drill bits is very "Chinese", - they aren't the quality I expected althought the dealer says they are High Speed Steel Cobalt drills made by Dewalt. (OK - I figure they had China make them!)
Quality aside, - are cobalt drills just a form of HSS bits? - AND - they are brownish in color, - but when sharpened the brown color is only on the outside few microns. Are there cobalt coatings now? ---- If they are cobalt ( and they are marked as HSS CO) then why are thy not brownish throughout? Is there any easy way that I can somehow test them against my other HSS drills to see if they are anythng other than brown coated HSS drill bits?
(p.s. - I have some Cobalt drills made by Precision Twist Drill and they are HUGELY better quality.)
Thanks for any help, Bob Durango