Simple workbench holdfast, 3/4" or 1" hole. Hand forged by Black Bear Forge

Simple workbench holdfast, 3/4" or 1" hole. Hand forged by Black Bear Forge



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: steel

Hand forged woodworking holdfast with a very basic forged end as opposed to my other leaf style holdfasts. 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.

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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John Switzer

John Switzer

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264 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Michael Jun 20, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I am so happy with the custom holdfast from Black Bear Forge. I use the Sjobergs Elite 2000 workbench WITH cabinet underneath. Because of the cabinet, (and also because the workbench uses 1" diameter dog holes which seems less common these days), I needed a pretty custom length holdfast. I gave John the necessary dimensions and the holdfast works WONDERFULLY. I'm so excited to have it and I already ordered a second one.

Ryan Dec 7, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I picked up a pair of these in the 1" size and am not disappointed. The listing says they have a 6" reach, but the ones I got were a bit longer--closer to 8". This turns out to be really handy for wider boards. They're perfect holdfasts!

Ryan Behner Jul 24, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing holdfast! Very nicely forged and grips extremely well. I have a couple from another seller but these ones are far better! Thanks!

GadgetLam Jan 6, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Great springy well holding textured holdfast. I applied some leather to the faces to protect the surface and it holds wonderfully. Very satisfying knocking into position.