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



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  • Materials: steel

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.

Due to high demand there may be a week or so waiting time to get these shipped. Thank you for your patience


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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.

vendetta14 May 7, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic 1” holdfast w/ leaf that is stunning. True diameter size is slightly smaller than 1” which seems to be common. I found it works best in 15/16 hole in my 4-1/2” thick southern yellow pine work bench top. Would totally order again.

evilj13 Apr 28, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Great quality,sturdy and durable. fit my workbench perfectly. It holds the work piece very secure. I couldn’t be more happy with the craftsmanship and quality.

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!!

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