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Hairyloon

Billhooks

Top tips for a good place to buy one?no smilies
Treacodactyl

I picked up a new one at my local agricultural merchants and a friend gave me one they picked up at a charity shop. Other people seem to be able to pick them up cheaply at boot sales.

Online the Woodsmith's Store sell a good range but I've not ordered from them so don't know what they're like.no smilies
Rusticwood

Agricultural merchants here as well

I wouldn't buy online as it's best to try the feel of it to make sure it's comfortableno smilies
Hairyloon

Thanks... and the next question is why would I want this shape billhook rather than that shape billhook?

Or are they all much of a muchness?no smilies
Hairyloon

Agricultural merchants here as well

Know any in the Leeds area?no smilies
Rusticwood

Agricultural merchants here as well

Know any in the Leeds area?

Nope

As to style depends on use and feel ( a lot of style is to do with the area they came from )
I have a double edge and a devonno smilies
Hairyloon

Agricultural merchants here as well
Know any in the Leeds area?

Nope
Me neither... nor does Google apparently. :shock:
Mail order it is then...
Any opinion on this one?no smilies
Treacodactyl

The longer curved noses tend to be used more for trimming rods and twiggy material and for riving (splitting) rods.

Personally, if I was mainly cutting I'd want a shorter nose than the one you linked to.no smilies
Rusticwood


Know any in the Leeds area?
Just had a look and found theseno smilies
Rusticwood

With tools I like to try before I buy :wink:no smilies robkb

I borrowed one of these from a bloke at my allotments site, and went straight out and bought one for myself:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Southern-Counties-Bill-Hook-Jackson/dp/B003B7SDBC/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1301470490&sr=8-21no smilies
Ecocentric

Some references to different patterns and uses HERE

Another LINKY - if you thought there was a wide range of British patterns, take a look at some of the European ones.no smilies
Ty Gwyn

Try Richard Carter tools.co.uk
Based in Huddersfield,forged localno smilies
Ecocentric

The title on the Home Page of THIS SITE says it all.. :wink:no smilies Hairyloon

Well I ended up getting the one off eBay, and I am not very impressed at how sharp it is.
Don't know yet what I think beyond that...no smilies
gil

Perhaps you have to put the edge on it yourself ?
Rather than the supplier sending it mega-sharp through the post.no smilies
robkb

Perhaps you have to put the edge on it yourself ?
Rather than the supplier sending it mega-sharp through the post.

That's what I had to do with mine. Not surprising really.no smilies
Mistress Rose

We tend to buy old billhooks as they are often the best. Junk shops, stalls at real agricultural or wood shows are good places, although you sometimes can get them on e-bay.

Good makes are Elwell, that we like, Morrises which are still going in Devon and a few more.

I would always try before I buy, as I need a fairly light one. All of the different shapes are for different areas or uses.no smilies
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