Clifton Spokeshave - Flat - No. 600

clifton flat spokeshave
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Clifton 600 Flat Spokeshave Review By: I.Ball

Category: Spokeshaves

Manufacturer: Thomas Flinn & Co

Tool Type: Spokeshave

Model No: 600


The Clifton flat spokeshave number 600 has a beautiful industrial appearance that reflects and screams old British industrialism. The tool has a great feel to it with rolling curves and the weightier design than most common spokeshaves. This spokeshave will surely be passed down to many future generations to come.

This Clifton spokeshave review is of the Clifton flat spokeshave, number 600.

The flat spokeshave has been designed and manufactured by Thomas Flinn & Co, Sheffield, England. The spokeshave design continues on from the long-standing Clifton 500 convex spokeshave and the Clifton 550 concave spokeshave.

The spokeshave is made from Sheffield malleable iron / spheridal graphite. Malleable iron is an extremely tough metal which is advertised as almost unbreakable.

clifton 600 flat spokeshave

The Clifton 600 is 245mm (9 5/8 inch) in length.

This spokeshave has a good weight to it and is fact one of the heaviest spokeshaves on the market today as well as being heavier than nearly all, if not all, the common iron spokeshaves from the last century.

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 flat mouth and is fitted with a 51mm (2 inch) wide cutter which is bed at a 45 degree angle.

The cutter is made from O1 tool steel which has been cryogenically treated to give long lasting edge retention.

The spokeshave blade is held in position with the Clifton lever cap. The lever cap is similar in design to the old Edward Preston spokeshave lever caps.

The Clifton 600 spokeshave has a fine adjustment mechanism, allowing accurate adjustments to the blade.

The blade adjustment mechanism 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 flat spokeshave 600

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

The chunky, curvy arms are 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 flat bottom sole is suitable for a number of fine shaving and shaping applications on primarily convex curved edges.

The Clifton 600 spokeshave is supplied in a brown cardboard box with the Clifton logo.

See also the Clifton round spokeshave no. 650 review

Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- This tool has sharp parts, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the tool to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments can result in damage to the tool. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the tool.

Spokeshave Construction

clifton 600 flat spokeshave

malleable iron

Blade Adjusters:

Spokeshave finish:

Construction Origin:
Sheffield, England

Spokeshave Dimensions

clifton flat spokeshave

245mm (9 5/8 inch)

Sole Width:
80mm (3 1/4 inch)

Cutter Bed:
45 degrees

Clifton Spokeshave - Flat Blade / Cutter

Cutter: O1 tool steel, cryogenically treated

Cutter Width: 51mm (2 inch)

Spokeshave Markings

"Clifton" - found on the lever cap face.

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

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

Manufactured Dates

2016 - current day

Spokeshave Also Known As

New Clifton flat spoke shave
Clifton 600 wood shave
Clifton wood shaving tool


- Thomas Flinn & Co. - Sheffield, England


(i) Please always refer to and follow the manufacturer's instructions / guidelines / safety notices / cautions and similar notices as the manufacturer's instructions may contain important information on safety, personal safety and the good health of your tool, something to which this review's scope does not guarantee to extend to.
(ii) This review may give warning(s) / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines given in good faith however any such information should not be solely relied upon and should not be seen as the exhaustive list of warnings / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines. Refer to disclaimer note (i) for information on safety, as well as the good health of your tool. In addition refer to good safety practices for the safety of you and others. Refer to good practices for the good health of your tool and property.
(iii) The details here are given in good faith, there is scope for error and shouldn't be fully relied upon, please be aware the details may also become out of date due to manufacturer changes to the product, please confirm any details for yourself by performing additional research from reliable sources.

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