Location:Bow, Devon EX17 6DB,
Ships to: Americas, Europe,
Item:222118170058This sale is for one of my hand forged froes with approx 10" splitting edge (blade), supplied WITHOUT HANDLE. Firstly, if you're just playing at green woodwork read no further, buy one of the cheaper welded eye froes, they will probably do the job. These froes are made from new 8mm (5/16") EN45 spring steel - this stuff ain't cheap, it's a specialist steel. The tool is in a "normalised" state and unhardened. A froe is NOT a cutting tool, (hence the expression "as blunt as a froe") it is a splitting tool and is not sharp so does not need a hardened edge. A froe works like a wedge, pushing the fibers apart. However, a froe must withstand the twisting forces applied by the handle. Therefore, the eye is rolled and not welded. Welded eyes tend to split at the welds. I designed this froe for the work I used to do full time, cleaving long lengths of oak into rails using a cleaving brake. A job that killed every froe I bought within a few months. This tool is not just a piece of flat bar with a bevel ground in, the bevel has been forged to shape, refining the steel grain and making a superior edge. The spine of the froe has a slight curve. In my opinion this helps the blade introduce the split more effectively than a flat edge because the point of contact is reduced. These froes are built to a standard. They take time and physical effort to make, I'm sure you'll appreciate them. I have sold over one thousand of these tools, see my feedback and reviews. The internal diameter of the eye is approx 40mm. FAQ "Is this froe suitable for making roofing shingles" We have sold many to professional shingle makers. "Why is the eye not riveted or welded closed?" This is unnecessary because this steel grade is also used to make vehicle leaf springs where the mounting eye, supporting the sprung weight of the vehicle, is also open and subjected to extreme forces. I believe the traditional way to make a froe is with an open eye. "Is the eye tapered?" No. It's more of a slight "hourglass" shape internally. This grips the handle once it is knocked into place. Every tapered eye froe I have used has let go of the handle almost immediately when the tool is struck with a mallet. This is very frustrating and makes these tools almost unusable in my opinion.Condition:New, Modified Item:No
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Hand forged froe WITHOUT HANDLE .Forged bevel made from 8mm (5/16") EN45 steel.