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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Ships from Beulah, CO
John Switzer

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238 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Buyers are raving!

Multiple people gave 5-star reviews to this shop in the past 7 days.


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.

Ron Hager Jun 30, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I love these holdfasts!!! They shipped on time and I mentioned that my bench is 5" thick so John made them to work on a top that thick. They work perfectly. Thanks A Lot. Ron.

Pat Harrell Oct 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Very happy with these. Bought two and they work great on my 5" thick bench in 3/4" dog holes. Two taps with a hammer to set and one to release . Steel has the perfect amount of spring to it. Well worth the money. Would highly recommend.

Nino Oct 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Oh man these are nice! I ordered some cast iron holdfast from Grizzly and they don't really work well at all. Then I ordered a couple forged holdfasts from a different blacksmith (because they were cheaper-shame on me) and they were and even bigger fail. I was beginning to think I was just daft... Then I decided to order a couple of BlackBearForge's holdfasts. OMG! This is how a holdfast should work! Without fail they grip tight and do not release until you tap that back. Superior in every way!