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Robert Sorby Timber Framing Slick

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For over 40 years we have carried--and whole-heartedly endorsed--Sorby's line of chisels. The heavy blades of Sheffield Steel are the workhorses of our timber frame shop. The unique temper of this steel, perfected in Sheffield, England, allows for a durable edge that is easily sharpened.

In recent years, we asked Sorby to develop a "Slick" in the same rugged format as the Sorby chisels. This summer, we finally received a prototype in the mail. After putting the slick through its paces with several of Shelter Institute's timber framers, we are eager to offer this unusually rugged tool. What a pleasure to behold, and truly a joy to use, this slick promises the same robust service as all of Sorby's fine tools.

A distinguishing characteristic of these slicks is their heft, which promises precision in the tradition of old European craftsmanship. For the sake of comparison:

Brand, model
Japanese 2" 2 lbs.
Barr 2" 2.5 lbs
Barr 2-1/2" 3.75 lbs.
Sorby's 2-3/8" Slick 4 lbs.
Sorby's 3-3/" Slick 5 lbs.

The weight of a slick is one of many factors to consider, and there are times when a lighter tool is desirable. But the heft of Sorby's slicks sets them apart. These slicks settle onto the wood as they cut, using their mass and momentum to create true precision.

Our Promise To You.

If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.

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These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.

If you don't see the tools or items you need, we can find it for you. Write us or call us anytime.