Woodcraft - Pinnacle Spokeshaves
Woodcraft has introduced two spokeshaves under its Pinnacle brand: a flat-sole model (No. 151) and a curved sole cousin (No. 151-1/2).
Great Spokeshaves for $100
Woodcraft has introduced two new spokeshaves under its Pinnacle brand: a flat-sole model (No. 151) and a curved sole cousin (No. 151-1/2). When I received the shaves for testing, I was beginning work on a mantel that featured 8-in.-wide cyma posts, an ideal prop to put the 151 through its paces, as a flat bottomed shave can handle all but the tightest convex and concave curves. I used it to clean up bandsaw marks on the posts and to refine their shape, and it worked flawlessly.
Out of the box, the Pinnacle shave was impressive, with precise machining on the bed, lever cap, and sole that essentially eliminates any blade deflection or chatter. Vertical and lateral blade adjustments, made using twin-knurled screws, are smooth and precise.
Each shave is cast from durable stainless steel that gives the tool an attractive matte finish while resisting rust or oxidation. The blade is another bright spot. Manufactured in Canada by IBC, it is made from 1⁄8-in.-thick A2 steel that is cryogenically treated and precision ground. It took only 5 minutes to lap and hone before it was ready to go, and it held its sharp edge for a long time.
The handles on the Pinnacle shaves have an upswept, gull-wing design that keeps your fingertips up and out of the way when working a broad surface. This additional clearance is welcome. The only area of disappointment was the lack of comfortable thumb depressions, or holds, on the handles. But to be fair, other prominent hand-tool makers have omitted the holds on their shaves, too.
After using the 151 for a while, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality shave.