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  • Morris Riving Iron
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Morris Riving Iron

4/5 1 review

Forest School practiioners often use standard billhooks with children to split wood by knocking the back of the tool with a wooden mallet. 

The Morris Riving Iron is far more suited to the job, having a straight edge, not a hook.

If you are a Forest School practicioner, we suggest running a file over the cutting edge so it is safe for children to use, it will still split wood in the manner described above.  We can do this for you FOC, just email to request this.

It can be also be used as a lightweight stake pointing tool, bit like a smaller lighter version of the Knighton Billhook.

We asked Morris to make us this Riving Iron specially for us.

Our original inspiration for this tool came from Owen Jones the Cumbrian Oak Swill Basket maker who uses similar tools to rive down oak into weavers for his baskets.

Like all Morris tools the cutting bevels are long without shoulders and ground to about 20 degrees.  The tang runs the full length of the handle.

The blade is approx 190mm (7 1/2" long).

If you do decide to keep the Riving Iron with a sharp edge it can be sharpened either with canoe stones or bench stones as the edge is more or less straight.

SELECT THE 'SHARPENING' OPTION BELOW AND WE WILL DO THIS FOR YOU.

The caulked oval handle, made in ash with a varnished finish, is 140mm (5 1/2") long.

In our opinion, Morris tools are far better than anything else on the market, despite the need sometimes for some final filing and honing to remove small manufacturing flats and grinding work on the edge.

Thick leather sheaths now available for this tool.  In our opinion essential!

YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO BUY THIS PRODUCT

Price: £26.00 (Inc. VAT)
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  • Just the job

    I bought this tool for my Forest School work intending to use it for splitting wood (to make mallets, for example) and for making kindling. In other words, for jobs where you might otherwise use a small hatchet. It's perfect for this sort of work and helps to meet a principle I find useful when using tools with children, "where a job might be accomplished by more than one tool, tend toward the least exciting one"!

    My riving iron did arrive with some flats on the blade which I worked off with a coarse whetstone during sharpening, which was straightforward. As for whether you prefer to have the edge taken off or sharp, that's up to you. I prefer that edge tools are sharp, effective and predictable in use.

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