Edward Preston Spokeshave - No. 1

preston spokeshave 1
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Edward Preston Spokeshave 1 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Spokeshaves

Manufacturer: Edward Preston

Tool Type: Spokeshave

Model No: 1


I haven't found this spokeshave in any tool catalogues as yet, I have therefore given the spokeshave reference '1' until any further official reference is found.

The spokeshave is an adjustable spokeshave with raised arched arms and a plain lever cap. The spokeshave was made from cast iron.

This spokeshave is classed as an adjustable spokeshave due to there being a fine adjustment mechanism for adjusting the blade.

The 51mm (2 inch) wide best cast steel blade on this Preston spokeshave locates with the fine adjustment mechanism at the top of the blade.

The blade is adjusted by loosening the lever cap and then turning the knurled nut at the top of the blade.

preston spokeshave 1

The blade is secured in place by tightening the lever cap with the use of the thumb screw.

The tool can be used by pushing or pulling the shave, usually it is used by pushing the shave.

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

I have had two examples of this model of spokeshave, one with no markings (other than the blade) and the other with quite crude markings on the arms saying 'Prestons' and 'Patent'. This is the same wording as found on the Edward Preston 1391 spokeshave.

Spokeshave Construction

cast steel

Lever Cap:
cast steel

Blade Adjuster:

Spokeshave Dimensions

mm (inch)

Edward Preston Spokeshave 1 Blade / Cutter

Cutter: best cast steel

Cutter Width: 51mm (2 inch)

Manufactured Dates

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