Billhooks, Slashers and Grass Hooks
In our own coppicing work we cut mainly birch for besom brooms and hazel for wattle in-fill panels. Hazel in the north east, not generally growing in tight, deer free conditions, tends to be of fairly poor quality.
Billhooks are probably the single most important tool for the coppice worker. Users and collectors favour such old names as Elwell, Nash and Gilpin. However if you want a new useable well balanced billhook we believe there is only one manufacturer to choose from - A Morris and Sons (Edge Tools) of Dunsford. They are an old company, first started in 1909, that has in the past made a range of tools but have reverted back to specialising mainly in billhooks.
A recent addition to our range: known as the Hampshire Hurdlers Hook (or a Hurdlers Trimming Hook or.......?) about the same proportions as the Newtown but with the addition of a short straight edge where the pointy bit normally is. The ash handle is caulked.
Most Morris billhooks/slashers and grasshooks come with a varnished handle but we can order them with unvarnished handles at no extra cost. Lead time about 3 weeks. Slashers and Yorkshire Billhoks have unvarnished handles in ash.
Morris will make any billhook with a single bevel, left or right, this costs an additional £2. e-mail for details
Don't forget we have robust leather sheaths for most Morris tools, including the recent addition of one for the Tenterden billhook.
ALL MORRIS BILLHOOKS COME WITH A FACTORY FINISH, I.E. THE WORKING EDGE IS GROUND WITH THE CORRECT BEVEL BUT MAY REQUIRE SOME WORK TO REMOVE FLATS AND BURRS BEFORE USE. Click HERE for blog comment
If you would like us to prepare your new billhook, slasher or grasshook to a ready for use condition select SHARPENING as an EXTRA before adding it to your Tool Basket.