Clifton Spokeshave - Convex - No. 500

clifton convex spokeshave
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Clifton Convex Spokeshave Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Spokshaves

Manufacturer: Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd

Tool Type: Spokshave

Model No: 500

This Clifton spokeshave review is of the Clifton Convex 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 Convex spokeshave review for more information about the Thomas Flinn and Co Clifton Convex spokeshave.

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

clifton 500 convex 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 Convex mouth and is fitted with a 2 1/2 inch diameter Convex 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 convex spokeshave 500

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 spokeshave is usually used with the cutter set in the bevel-down position and a good sharp edge.

The round sole / Convex bottom is suited to suited to working concave curved edges.

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 Clifton Convex spokeshave is also available in the Clifton concave spokeshave no. 550 version.


Spokeshave Construction

clifton 500 convex spokeshave

spheroidal graphite / malleable iron

Blade Adjusters:

Spokeshave finish:

Construction Origin:
Sheffield, England


Spokeshave Dimensions

clifton convex spokeshave

254mm (10 inch)

64mm (2 1/2 inch)

425g (15oz)

Cutter Bed:
45 degrees

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

Clifton Spokeshave - Convex Blade / Cutter

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


Spokeshave Markings

"Clifton" - found on the lever cap face.

"500 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 convex spoke shave
Clifton convex pull shave
Clifton convex shaving tool


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- Thomas Flinn & Co. - Sheffield, England
- Clico (Tooling) Ltd - Sheffield, England


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