Buying a Spokeshave

PLEASE NOTE: We have noticed a discrepancy between different models of the Draper spokeshave we previously recommended. Therefore, we do not recommend buying the Draper at present. The Stanley below is performing well.

You can buy a decent spokeshave for less than Β£20 brand new, the metal-bodied Stanley #151 style (there are many brands making this model) bevel-down is the one Paul Sellers recommends. You will likely only need a flat-bottomed version at first, instead of the round-bottomed version, this is because the round-bottomed version isn’t needed so often, only in very tight radiuses of less than 6″ (152mm) in diameter.

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πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ We purchased this Stanley spokeshave from Amazon for Β£21.50* in November 2018.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ If you are ordering from the US, we have found it on Amazon.com. Paul recommends some adjustments before use, see our setting up guide for more information.

*Price checked January 2022

Further Reading

To read more about this tool, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:

An Affordable Spokeshave For You

Veritas Blade- Sole Bevel- Up Spokeshave Review

12 thoughts on “Buying a Spokeshave”

  1. Hi, after reading the review on the Draper Spokeshave. I started looking into getting one. What I have found is that there does not seem to be anyone selling them in the U.S. I can get them on eBay.com, amazon.com, and International distributors new, but with the exchange rates and shipping fees, the cost ends up around the same as the antique Stanley 151’s being auctioned on eBay.

    So what I am wondering is, if the price is the same, does it matter which one I get? Is the Stanley still the better quality and thus the better purchase?

    Thanks for your thoughts and recommendations.

    -Frank

    1. Hi Frank,

      If they are the same price, Paul would suggest the Stanley. We suggested the Draper spokeshave as an inexpensive, functional option for beginners, however I understand this may not be the case for all countries.

      We are looking to add some buying guide suggestions for our US audience in the future.

      Kind Regards,
      Izzy

  2. I’ve found that most tool recommendations on this site tend to be UK specific the prices and availability here in the US is very different. For example the Draper plane on the US Amazon site is $65.98 + $4.70 shipping and not eligible for Amazon Prime. I know it can be difficult but if you can add options for us US folks it would be appreciated, in the meantime I also read up on the tool in Paul’s book on Handtools and just take a guess based on that πŸ™‚

  3. Adding US links would be greatly appreciated. Looks like Amazon has:

    – two Stanleys
    https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-12-951-SpokeShave-Flat-Base/dp/B00002X1ZG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1536597056&sr=8-3&keywords=stanley+spokeshave
    https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-1-12-151-Spokes-have-Multicolor/dp/B0001IWDEM/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1536597056&sr=8-4&keywords=stanley+spokeshave

    – one no name
    https://www.amazon.com/Accessbuy-Adjustable-Cutting-Spokeshave-Woodcarver/dp/B01H00DYKU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1536597056&sr=8-5&keywords=stanley+spokeshave

    – one Kunz
    https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Larson-580-1000-Kunz-Spokeshave/dp/B000CD1MVQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1536597056&sr=8-6&keywords=stanley+spokeshave

    Price varies from $12 – $35, but they look all the same to me. πŸ™‚

  4. I have purchased Stanley spokeshave according to this guide. I have taken out the blade without paying attention to it if it is bevel down or up. Now, I cannot find any information if the spokeshave is bevel down or not. Is there a PS guide/blog somewhere that I can read?

  5. Hi, I am looking to buy a spokeshave and it seems the U.S. Amazon link for the 151 is $60 which is significantly higher priced then the U.K. Amazon store 151 at around 20 pounds.

    I like the other person who posted have doubts about the Amazon U.S. 151 compared to the U.K. store one based on the reviews.

    Just wondering if you could provide some insight. I may try and order from Amazon U.K. although I don’t know if that’s possible.

    Thankyou

  6. I, like the other person who posted, have doubts about the Amazon U.S. 151 compared to the U.K. store one based on the user reviews. I know Paul’s says that he bought and used one, but I’m wondering if there is a descrepancy between the U.K. Amazon store bought one and or a U.S. Amazon store bought one.

    Think about this more now, I’m guessing the U.S. Amazon store bought 151 is $60 because it is shipped from England? πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

    Thanks again, I’m buying this for my 12 yr. Old son

  7. As usual, I am always way late to the comments. I did indeed purchase the modern brand new Stanley 151 spokeshave after looking at them for several years. I did my extreme due diligence for finding an older original tool, but the prices like many other tools have skyrocketed. 5 years ago the new Stanley model was being made in Mexico, the blades were outstanding but the overall casting was terrible. For the period after that, the new 151 are being made for Stanley by a company in China – the casting was much better but the blades not nearly as nice as the Mexican version. I find it is an okay tool and for the most part does the job. Other than that, there were very few budget options in the US for spokeshaves. I suggest if available for a decent price, the new 151 would be a starter spokeshave in general. The sources seem to have dried up again, but they were about $38.95 US for the new Stanley 151. Good luck – the tool market is a fast shifting situation these days.

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