workbench holdfast with leaf finial, 3/4" or 1" hole. Hand forged by Black Bear Forge - Phil Koontz style holdfast

workbench holdfast with leaf finial, 3/4" or 1" hole. Hand forged by Black Bear Forge - Phil Koontz style holdfast



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Hand forged woodworking holdfast with unique leaf finial. Sized for perfect function in either a 3/4" hole or a 1". These work best in a bench from 3" - 4" thick but have been used in many benches both thicker and thinner. If your bench is over 4" thick please let me know and I will chose just the right holdfast. these are often used in pairs. These leaf finial holdfasts were made popular by blacksmith Phil Koontz. When Phil quit making these I took over where he left off, with his permission and encouragement.

11/16" diameter for the 3/4" version
15/16" diameter for the 1" version
average reach 6"
average length of shaft from top of bench 9"
(provides 5" of clamping in a 4" bench top)

These are unfinished for the best hold. The use of oil, wax or other friction reducing finishes will reduce their holding power.

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182 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


jmturley Oct 11, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing quality and an amazing product. Holds securely in even my modified Harbor Freight bench (added 2inchs of oak under the top). One swift tap and everything is secured in place. Now to build a bench worthy of your craftsmanship.

Michael Cyros Jan 2, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I have searched for some time now to find a traditional bench holdfast that would work with the 1” (25mm) holes in my Sjöbergs Elite benchtop and was so happy to find these. I ordered 2 and they arrived quickly and were well packed. I’ve already been using them on my workbench and they hold very well. The 2 are different from each other... which is great! They are individually hand made! Highly recommended!!

Rick Erickson Sep 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent holdfasts. I have a Sjoberg Elite bench with 1" holes and a cabinet underneath. John was able to customize them for my needs.

Paul Geldenhuys Aug 31, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

The Black Bear Forge holdfasts came highly recommended by top woodworkers and after working with the 1 inch leaf finial version of the holdfast, I can now fully agree with the experts. I will definitely recommend these holdfasts to my fellow woodworkers here in South Africa. The packaging was professional and John Switzer kept me informed on the status of the order. The order was shipped on time and I was able to track my package on Etsy. Overall the product is excellent and the shipping process couldn't have been handled better.