Traditional 10" Brace

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Traditional 10" Brace
Made in France
19H01.04 Traditional 10" Brace

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There aren’t many toolmakers who produce this traditional drilling tool, but this European maker decided to make something exceptional. Handmade in France, with solid brass hardware, a gunmetal finish on the steel, and a beautiful wooden knob made of Kotibe, an African hardwood. The all ball-bearing 3-Jaw chuck holds round or hex bits superbly, up to a half inch in diameter. The handles are comfortable and the left/right and locking ratchet is very solid. With a 10" sweep, the brace is a subtle (and quiet) drilling tool that allows you to apply a larger amount of very controlled torque. A well-made and gorgeous tool, for craftsmen who like to keep an eye on the past, by working with traditional implements.
Note: We know this is an expensive model but any devoted woodworker will prize it as a gift.

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  • Excellent Quality

    David, 11/22/2014 I understand, but can't confirm, that this is the last bit-brace made in continental Europe. It's really fine work; I've read (but again cannot confirm) that this is a France Manufacture. While the handles are some form of plastic, it's a quite tough, attractive material, perhaps Lexan. The machining and finish on the arms, chuck and jaws could not be better. Costly, it is, but worth it, if you like quality hand tools. Now - if only there were quality auger bits out there . . .
  • French Brace

    Caryn Atwood, 11/16/2014 Well now, this is a fine tool. Well balanced and easy to use. Very happy with the purchase.
  • Fantastic

    John, 3/4/2014 Just try to find a quality brace at your local Lowe's or Home Depot. You won't find one. I purchased one several years ago from the local ACE hardware store, but it wasn't anything like the brace I purchased from Garrett Wade. The ACE brace could not hold up under 'ranch' work.
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