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Hand forged froe WITHOUT HANDLE .Forged bevel made from 8mm (5/16") EN45 steel.

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Seller: fishchipsandpeas (5.241) 100%, Location: Bow, Devon EX17 6DB, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Item: 222118170058 This sale is for one of my hand forged froes with approx 10" splitting edge, 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 in its "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. It works like a wedge, pushing the fibers apart. However, a froe must withstand the large twisting forces applied by the handle, that is why I make them from the same type of steel that holds the axle to a truck. I designed this tool for the work I used to do full time, cleaving long lengths of oak into rails using a cleaving brake. They are not just a piece of flat stock with a bevel ground in, the bevel has been forged to shape and finished with an abrasive wheel. 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. The eye is rolled and not welded. Welded eyes tend to split at the welds. I've yet to meet a green woodworker using a welded eye froe that hasn't broken. A rolled eye also helps grip the handle if it is knocked in with a few stout blows. 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. 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?" Any tapering of the eye is unintentional and a result of rolling the eye. In my experience, tapered eyes let go of the handle too easily when hitting the froe with a mallet, the same way a Morse taper on a machine tool does. Condition: New, Modified Item: No

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