Shenandoah Tool Works Birdcage Awl

Awlby Megan
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If you happen to’re out there for a birdcage axe, this Shenandoah
Device Works model provides a trendy twist – that’s, the
hand-forged 01 metal shaft is definitely twisted throughout

Whereas this aesthetic contact has no impact on efficiency, it
seems to be good – and one may argue that, subliminally, it tells
you the instrument’s major perform. The four-sided level permits
you to ream a spherical, tapered gap by twisting the purpose again
and forth in a gap.

Why “birdcage?” It might be apocryphal, however I’ve learn it’s
as a result of this instrument was used to bore small holes for making
birdcages – actually!

The included angle on this instrument is similar as on my different
birdcage axe (Czeck Edge), however the level is longer, which comes
in helpful if it’s essential ream a pilot gap for giant screws.

I additionally use this instrument for countersinking to suit a screw head
flush after I don’t have a countersink helpful. For that perform,
each of my birdcage awls work equally properly – although the bigger
shaft on the Shenandoah instrument extra shortly creates a wider

The 01 metal on this instrument is a bit simpler to sharpen than
the A2 of my different one – however Bob Zajicek (Czeck Edge) now
provides a carbide-tipped axe that (assuming regular use) will
doubtless not often want sharpening. And about sharpening: A number of
individuals have requested if the twisted blade will restrict the variety of
instances the blade may be touched up. Properly sure – however with typical
use, not in your lifetime.

I just like the visible enchantment of this easy bulbous deal with extra
that the fancier deal with on my different instrument, however the smaller girth
of the Czeck Edge is a greater match for my small arms.

I do want the Shenandoah had a ferrule connecting the metal and
wooden; time will inform the way it holds up.

However backside line: It is a good instrument to make use of, and a really good
instrument at which to look.


From the December 2014 problem, #215


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