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Spokeshaves

Most of us are familiar with this most traditional of shaping tools and are aware of the existence of the types with flat and convex sole profiles.  A  rather less common sight, though, is the Concave Spokeshave which haP3301 Concave Spokeshave - sole views a transverse concave hollow in the sole, fitting it to the shape of the spoke, or other spindle, which it is designed to shape, minimising the need for cleaning up with scraper and abrasives.

These spokeshaves are truly designed for comfort and will be found to be equally effective whether used with a pushing or pulling action.  The smooth and tactile hardwood handles are positioned to give maximum power transfer to the cutting edge without either the annoying habit of toppling under pressure or painful kFlat (left) and Curved (right) Spokeshaves - click for larger imagenuckle grazing which characterise so many tools of this type. The handles can even be removed and replaced with specimens of your own design, should you so wish!  The thumb rests, both front and back, are sculpted to fit the thumbs most snugly.

Unique (?) among modern spokeshaves, these models have adjustable mouths and are supplied with shims for this purpose.  The blades are hefty, 3 mm (1/8") thick A2 steel for a durable edge and freedom from chatter.  There are twin blade adjusters with very little 'lost movement' but providing the ability to skew the blade for asymmetric cuts when required.  (Also useful if your sharpening is less than square!)

The radius of the sole of the curved spokeshave is 1.75".  The bed angle is 45 degrees on all models.  The bodies are ductile iron and the fittings are brass.  Overall length across the standard handles is around 263 mm (10.5").

Concave Spokeshave being used in pull mode to shape a spindle.
P3301 Concave Spokeshave

Specification Summary - Spokeshaves
(Metric Units)

Model

Desc

Size (mm)

Blade (mm)

Bed Angle

Bevel

Cutg
Angle

Wt.
(Kg)

Toe
(mm)

L

W

W

T

P3301

Flat Spokeshave

263

 

54

3

45

Down

45

0.3

n/a

P3302

Curved Spokeshave

263

 

54

3

45

Down

45

0.3

n/a

P3311

Concave Spokeshave

263

 

54

3

45

Down

45

0.3

n/a

L=length; W=width; T=thickness; Wt.=weight; Cutg=Cutting

 

*NB: Prices quoted in pounds sterling. 
Value Added Tax will be added to invoices to EU residents unless a valid VAT registration number is quoted when ordering.

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