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Veritas Low-Angle Spokeshave

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This spokeshave uses a traditional shape, not of the spokeshaves of the last century, but of the century before. Until about 1900, the vast majority of spokeshaves were low-angle shaves with wooden bodies. The blades were hand forged with upturned tangs that fit into holes pierced in the body of the shave. Wedged in position, they were adjusted by tapping the ends of the tangs or the base of the blade, as required.

Although these spokeshaves cut beautifully because of their low cutting angle, they were not easy to adjust and became very expensive as hand processes gave way to automated manufacturing methods. This spokeshave has the same low cutting angle as spokeshaves of old (20° basic bevel with a 25° micro-bevel), but cutting depth has been simplified substantially. Instead of adjusting blade projection, the blade is fixed, forming the sole of the spokeshave. The toe piece is adjustable to control the depth of cut.

Used in one orientation, the toe piece is suited to convex and flat work. Flipped 180°, it allows the tool to be used on concave work. The blade is fixed by two machine screws with specially shaped heads that wedge it in position when the knurled knobs on the top of the shave are tightened. Because the blade can be moved either forward or backward, the mouth opening is controllable, while the adjustable toe piece controls the depth of the cut.

The cast aluminum body has a powder coating and, with fittings, the tool weighs just over 6 oz. The 1/8" thick blade is made of A2 tool steel, which holds an edge some five times longer than regular high-carbon steel.

Reader Reviews

Veritas Low Angle Spokeshave

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I have a number of Veritas and Lee Valley tools. I've had the low angle spokeshave for quite a while. Pluses - easy to handle, fits well in the hand, easy to control. Works well with end grain and other grains. Minuses - the blade is held by two notched screws and the position front to back is controlled in the spokeshave by these two screws. Not exactly the best in terms of easy and repeatable mounting. All in all, it is a good tool though.

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