Clifton Spokeshave - Concave - No. 550

clifton concave spokeshave
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Clifton Concave Spokeshave Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Spokshaves

Manufacturer: Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd

Tool Type: Spokshave

Model No: 550

This Clifton spokeshave review is of the Clifton concave spokeshave manufactured by Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd, Sheffield, England.

Clico made the spokeshave for over 20 years until the Clifton tools part of the business was taken over by Thomas Flinn and Co in 2014.

Thomas Flinn and Co continue to make this tool, please see the new Clifton concave spokeshave review for more information about the Thomas Flinn and Co Clifton concave spokeshave (virtually identical other than the type of box it is packaged in).

The 254mm (10 inch) long Clifton concave spokeshave is constructed from virtually unbreakable spheroidal graphite / malleable iron and weighs a hefty 15oz.

clifton 550 concave spokeshave

The Clifton spokeshave is one of the heaviest spokeshaves of all of the iron spokeshaves made by the main manufacturers in the past 100 years.

The spokeshave has also been designed to give the tool a good balance. The weight and balance helps maintain an anchored connection between the mouth and workpiece making the use of the tool easy to use.

The spokeshave has a concave mouth and is fitted with a 2 1/2 inch diameter concave cutter which is bed at a 45 degree angle.

The cutter is locked in place with the use of the lever cap. The lever cap has whispers of a decorative design based upon the old Edward Preston spokeshave lever caps.

The spokeshave is classed as being a fully adjustable spokeshave due to the tool being equipped with a blade fine adjustment mechanism.

The blade adjuster is controlled with a wheel nut which locates with a slot in the top of the cutter. The depth of cut can easily and accurately be adjusted by turning the adjuster wheel nut.

clifton concave spokeshave 550

Note: ensure to loosen the lever cap before making adjustments to help avoid damage.

The chunky, curvy arms are raised and arched and finished with a polished finish offering comfort and control.

The spokeshave can be used by pushing or pulling the tool, generally the tool is used by pushing the tool.

The hollow sole / concave bottom is suited to rounding work such as on a shapely chair or table leg, and suited to quickly round any nosing or edge. The shave allows different parts of the sole to be used to form different degrees of convexity.

Examples of use given in the Clico tools catalogue include 'cabriole legs or blending in curved surfaces made by machine such as posts and stair rails'.

The spokeshave was supplied in a good thick blue cardboard box with a meshed texture. The box has a white outline diagram of the tool on the lid along with the core tool details.

The Clico Clifton concave spokeshave was also available in the Clifton convex spokeshave no. 500 version.


Spokeshave Construction

clifton 550 concave spokeshave

spheroidal graphite / malleable iron

Blade Adjusters:

Spokeshave finish:

Construction Origin:
Sheffield, England


Spokeshave Dimensions

clifton concave spokeshave

254mm (10 inch)

64mm (2 1/2 inch)

425g (15oz)

64mm (2 1/2 inch) (diameter)

Clifton Spokeshave - Concave Blade / Cutter

Cutter Width: 38mm (1 1/2 inch)


Spokeshave Markings

"Clifton" - found on the lever cap face.

"550 Clifton" - found on the underside of one arm.

"England" - found on the underside of the other arm.


Manufactured Dates

<1991 - 2014


Spokeshave Also Known As

Clifton concave spoke shave
Clifton concave pull shave
Clifton concave shaving tool


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