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 £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.

To view the parts, click here.

🇬🇧We purchased this Stanley spokeshave from Amazon for £17.08 (Inc VAT £20.50)* in November 2018.

🇺🇸If you are ordering from the US, we have found it on Paul recommends some adjustments before use, see our setting up guide for more information.

buying a spokeshave

*Price checked 17/9/21

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


  1. Frank on 1 August 2018 at 2:04 am

    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,, 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.


    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 2 August 2018 at 10:59 am

      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,

  2. Kenny Raby on 8 August 2018 at 9:16 pm

    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 🙂

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 9 August 2018 at 7:07 am

      Hi Kenny,

      Thanks for your comment, this is something we are looking to add to the site in the future.

      Kind Regards,

  3. Nikolaj33 on 22 October 2018 at 11:05 am


    Did Paul try the recommended Stanley one? Because some reviews on Amazon at the link provided above, seem to suggest that it is not a genuine Stanley article. Many thanks.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 24 October 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Nik,

      Thanks for your comment.

      We buy all the tools before we recommend them, unless stated otherwise. Paul has used this and is confident it is a genuine Stanley.

      Kind Regards,

  4. Umut on 25 October 2019 at 9:59 am

    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?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 30 October 2019 at 9:42 am


      On this type of spokeshave, the blade is always bevel down. If you have Paul’s book (Essential Woodworking Hand Tools) you can also find more information there.

      Kind Regards,

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