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.

Grid  List 
  1. Out of Stock

    AG029 Harlequin Jennings Pattern Half Set of Nine

    £95.00
    A half set (1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, 1 inch) of Jennings pattern auger bits by various makers, all in good clean usable condition. ...
  2. AG009 Ridgway (Sheffield) 240 Jennings augers Half set + extras

    £135.00

    All in very good overall condition with fine lead screws and long spurs. 

    Founded in 1878 William Ridgway & Sons were one of Sheffield’s most successful specialist manufacturers of auger bits, through various mergers and takeovers with Marples, C&J Hampton, Bahco, Irwin and ultimately Clico they were also the last.

    Jennings pattern bits are made by twisting a flat forging into a spiral, this produces two flut...

  3. AG018 Half Set of 9 Ridgway (Sheffield) 240 Jennings augers

    £125.00
    A half set 1/4 to 1/2 by sixteenths, then up to 1" by 8ths, all in very good overall condition with fine lead screws and long spurs. Supplied in a new British made 18 pocket canvas auger roll....
  4. AG002 Ridgway (Sheffield) 240 Jennings augers Half set

    £125.00

    A half set (1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, 1 inch) of 240 series Jennings pattern bits by William Ridgway of Sheffield, in very good condition with polished flutes and 'fine glazed' shanks, there are a couple of small spots of pitting on the flutes of the 1" but nothing that will affect performance. Nine bits in total, supplied in a new British made 18 pocket canvas auger roll. 

    ...
  5. AG013 Set of Ridgway 220 Irwin pattern solid centre augers

    £145.00

    A full set of very lightly used William Ridgway 240 Irwin pattern augers plus a matching screwdriver bit made in 1944. The dipped black paint finish is correct to their year of manufacture, a step that allowed them to save precious time and abrasives by not grinding the shanks.

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

    ...
  6. AG022 Set of 13 Ridgway Power 240 Jennings augers

    £215.00
    A matched set of 13 (1/4" - 1" by sixteenths) Ridgway Power Jennings pattern augers, all in superb condition with many years of service remaining. Supplied in a new British made 18 pocket canvas auger roll. Jennings pattern 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....
  7. AG021 Set of 13 Ridgway 240 Jennings augers

    £215.00
    A matched graduated set of thirteen (1/4 - 1" by sixteenths) William Ridgway 240 Jennings pattern augers in superb condition, very clean and several still look to have have the original factory grind on the spurs and cutters. Supplied in a new British made 18 pocket canvas auger roll. ...
  8. 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....
  9. 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...
Grid  List 
Loading Image
Loading Image
Loading Image