AG007 Full set of late 60's Footprint / Alfrid Irwin Pattern augers

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AG007 Full set of late 60's Footprint / Alfrid Irwin Pattern augers

A full, almost unused set (1/4 to 1 inch by sixteenths) of beautifully hand forged and ground Irwin pattern bits by Footprint. The separate brands manufactured by the Jewitt family (including the exquisite quality Alfrid brand augers) were all brought together under the Footprint brand in 1968. The 1/4" in this set is stamped Alfrid and the 3/8 has no shank mark but the pyramids are all stamped consistently and unusally with both the imperial size and the metric equivalent, suggesting that these bits were manufactured around that time.  Condition and quality are absolutely superb (think Alfrids with a Footprint stamp) with most of the bits still retaining the original factory grinding on the cutters, thirteen bits in total.

Supplied in a new British made 18 pocket canvas auger roll.

The Irwin auger was designed for rapid boring in all types of wood without having to stop and clear the waste, it has a single twist leadscrew that bites better in softer woods (they work beautifully in anything from oak down) and a generous single flute to clear the waste efficiently.

Whilst the single twist means they are not quite as balanced as a double twist auger, a nice sharp Irwin can still produce a surprisingly clean hole in moderate hardwoods, they also tend to be a bit cheaper as there are more of them around.

You don’t need an auger bit file for Irwin or Jennings augers, any thin smooth file with a safe edge will work. I use a Bahco 5” warding file with the edge teeth ground off, which gets to all the edges of all the sizes and leaves a nice smooth surface.

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