Founded in 1825, Edward Preston & Sons, Ltd. produced some of the finest tools of the Victorian age. We have created a close replica of their model 1374 round-bottomed spokeshave, a tool as elegant as it is effective.
Smaller than typical spokeshaves at 6 3/4" long overall, it is designed for fine smoothing and shaping, with a tight mouth opening that helps reduce tear-out and a 5/8" radius sole that allows you to work tight curves. The handles are raised to keep your hands clear of the work.
As with any roundbottomed spokeshave, it takes a bit of practice to master holding the shave on its "sweet spot", where the blade and leading and trailing edges of the mouth are in steady contact with the stock. Investment cast in stainless steel, our version reproduces the polished scrollwork and scalloped borders of the original and comes hand polished to a fine finish. Tool buffs will note that the blade bed is not machined after casting – a feature that is faithful to the original and does not affect performance.
A 21st century improvement has been added where it does count, however – the 1 3/8" wide, 3/32" thick blade is made of our innovative PM-V11 alloy. It has a 30° bevel and is clamped with a thumbscrew and cap iron.
Made in Canada. An excellent value, highly recommended.