Morris spar hook
£26.00

Except perhaps by aficionados the billhook is today amongst the most undervalued of gardener’s or woodsman’s tools, seldom if ever found amongst the offerings of garden centres, tool shops, or DIY superstores. It is possible they believe them too specialist, or the market too narrow; yet this very superficial extinction belies their very evident usefulness, a utility that becomes ever more apparent through use and familiarity, and extends far beyond their typically accepted purpose. They can be understood as a marriage of slasher and hatchet, used for hedging, coppicing, brush clearing, but are also ideal when camping - for rough shaping timber and splitting firewood against the ground. All our billhooks are plated, planished, and ground by Morris & Sons of Dunsford, a Devon village on the very edge of Dartmoor, and home to their once water powered forge and workshop that has produced similar edge tools since the 1820s. Traditionally left slightly unfinished, to be shaped and honed to suit the users needs. All have full tanged ash handles.
The spar hook - is a smaller hook traditionally used to harvest and form the hazel spars that hold thatch to a roof, but also suits those with smaller hands, or more comfortable with a less weighted tool when cutting and trimming lighter growth or splitting kindling. Like the Devon it has a flat-ground nose to prevent damage from unexpected strikes of hard surfaces. Blade length about 16cm.

£26.00 (Ex Tax:£21.67)


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