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Hand Forged Brace Augers

Hand Forged Brace Augers

Hand forged augers or auger bits have been made in Sheffield and the Black Country for over 150 years. The closure of Clico’s drill division in 2014 marked the end of domestic manufacture of these wonderful tools and as good ones are beginning to get thin on the ground, now is the perfect time to invest in a set.

Modern battery drills have now become so ubiquitous that people tend not to even consider the hand brace as an option, but for those adventurous souls that do, the peaceful enjoyment of almost limitless torque and the beautifully clean holes that result can be a refreshingly pleasant experience.

This type of auger is made by forging out a bar into a long flat tongue, much the same as making a chisel. The hot forging is then twisted on a lathe and repeatedly camped between a set of dies to even out the twist. The tip is drop forged to rough shape and tip finished by hand. They are then heat treated and straightened before going off to have the flutes hand ground and polished.

We have collected selected sets of traditional brace shank augers, focussing mainly on fine thread Jennings pattern bits as these tend to be the most popular type with furniture makers. There are often sets of Gedge pattern, beloved of Windsor chair makers for their easy starting in non-perpendicular holes, plus sets of Irwin pattern; noted for drilling softwood, plus a selection of countersinks, screwdrivers other bits and pieces.   

These beautiful used hand forged augers have been carefully selected and reconditioned, all have plenty of life left in them  Where possible they are in matched sets by maker and era, others have been made up into harlequin sets of similar design and style.

All are supplied in a new British made Workshop Heaven auger bit roll.

These augers are pre-owned and not covered by our Lifetime Warranty - please see Terms and Conditions.

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  1. AG033 Full set of 13 Ridgway Power Jennings Auger Bits

    £225.00
    Jennings pattern auger bits are made by twisting a flat forging into a spiral, this produces two flutes and opposing lands that support the bit in the hole, making them balanced and accurate....
  2. AG043 Full set of 13 Wrights Jennings Pattern Augers

    £235.00
    Jennings pattern auger bits are made by twisting a flat forging into a spiral, this produces two flutes and opposing lands that support the bit in the hole, making them balanced and accurate. ...
  3. AG048 Set of 14 Ridgway 240 Jennings Pattern Augers

    £235.00
    Jennings pattern auger bits are made by twisting a flat forging into a spiral, this produces two flutes and opposing lands that support the bit in the hole, making them balanced and accurate....
  4. AG051 Super Set of Ridgway Jennings Auger Bits

    £285.00
    Jennings pattern auger bits are made by twisting a flat forging into a spiral, this produces two flutes and opposing lands that support the bit in the hole, making them balanced and accurate. ...
  5. Deluxe Hand Brace Drill

    £109.00
    Deluxe hand brace drill with 3 jaws. black gunmetal shaft. brass sleeves and head and fine Kotibe wood handles. Accepts brace shanked and hexagonal machine shanked augers and has a 3 position ratchet mechanism....
  6. Ultimate Hand Brace (3 Jaw)

    £68.90
    Less speed + more torque = more control. These superb quality hand braces will accept both brace shanked and hexagonal machine shanked augers (square shanks engage a square hole behind the chuck and the jaws reach around to grab the shank). A three position ratchet mechanism allows the brace to be used in situations where there isn’t space available to swing the crank through a full revolution (also handy when using it with sockets or scr...
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