SOLD: Old-school Blacksmith-made Holdfast

Photos don’t do this piece justice. This is a vintage blacksmith-made holdfast that balances both grace and massiveness.

The shaft is just over 11” long and is designed to work in a 1-1/8”-diameter hole. The beak extends from the shaft 7-1/2”.

Where to begin? The shaft is scored to allow it to grip more securely in your bench hole. The beak is rectangular in cross-section and has a very nice curve to it that terminates in an 1-3/4”-diameter pad. The weight is considerable — way more than any modern holdfast.

As a result, this things almost sets itself when dropped on the work. I bought this in 2004 as I was researching holdfasts and now have way more than any man or woman needs.

Price: $75 plus actual USPS shipping.

Please read the following before sending me a message:

As always, there are rules. I hate rules. But these rules are in the name of justice for all the readers.

First, please don’t ask for a master list of tools or to come over to my house (yes, this happened last time). These tools will go up on the blog when I have time to post them. I don’t know how many there are (I’ve sorted more than 40 so far). I will definitely add more tools to my list as I go – I have several more boxes to go through.

In other words, please don’t ask for special favors. I cannot grant favors and be fair to everyone.

Want to see only the tools that haven’t sold? Easy. I’ve created a category for that on this blog. Click on “Tools for Sale” at right and bookmark that page. When you visit that link, you’ll see only the tools that haven’t been sold.

While you can ask me all the questions you like about the tool, the first person to send me an e-mail that says: “I’ll take it,” gets the tool. Simple. To buy a tool, please send me an e-mail at christopher.schwarz@fuse.net. Shipping will be USPS and based on the actual cost to send it to your address. When you send me a message, please make sure you specify which tool you are e-mailing me about. This avoids bad trouble.

Payment: I can accept PayPal or a personal check. As soon as the funds arrive, I’ll ship the tool using USPS. If you want insurance, let me know. I’m afraid I can only ship tools in the United States. Shipping internationally is very time-consuming and paperwork-heavy. My apologies in advance on this point.

If you don’t like the tool when you get it, I’ll be happy to refund your money if you return the tool. But postage is on you.

— Christopher Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.
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