The elements of tool signature or nomenclature of single point cutting tool is illustrated in the figure below
(i) Back rake angle:
Back rake angle is the angle between the face of the single point cutting tool and a line parallel with base of the tool measured in a perpendicular plane through the side cutting edge. If the slope face is downward toward the nose, it is negative back rake angle and if it is upward toward nose, it is positive back rake angle. Back rake angle helps in removing the chips away from the workpiece.
(ii) Side rake angle:
Side rake angle is the angle by which the face of tool is inclined side ways. Side rake angle is the angle between the surface the flank immediately below the point and the line down from the point perpendicular to the base. Side rake angle of cutting tool determines the thickness of the tool behind the cutting edge. It is provided on tool to provide clearance between workpiece and tool so as to prevent the rubbing of workpiece with end flake of tool.
(iii) End relief angle:
end relief angle is defined as the angle between the portion of the end flank immediately below the cutting edge and a line perpendicular to the base of the tool, measured at right angles to the flank. End relief angle allows the tool to cut without rubbing on the workpiece.
(iv) Side relief angle:
Side rake angle is the angle between the portion of the side flank immediately below the side edge and a line perpendicular to the base of the tool measured at right angles to the side. Side relief angle is the angle that prevents the interference as the tool enters the material. It is incorporated on the tool to provide relief between its flank and the workpiece surface.
(v) End cutting edge angle:
End cutting edge angle is the angle between the end cutting edge and a line perpendicular to the shank of the tool. It provides clearance between tool cutting edge and workpiece.
(vi) Side cutting edge angle:
Side cutting edge angle is the angle between straight cutting edge on the side of tool and the side of the shank. It is responsible for turning the chip away from the finished surface.