• No. 81 Razor Shave

No. 81 Razor Shave

Price: $75.00
Product ID : 1-81


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No. 81 Razor Shave

Our Razor Shave is based on the Stanley No. 81, which was derived from traditional all-wooden chair making spokeshaves. This design improves on traditional shaves by incorporating an adjustable depth stop. This tool is very light and responsive in the hand. It excels at cutting tight inside radii.

  • Body is 11-1/2" long.
  • O1 blade is 2" long x 5/8" wide x 3/16" thick. Beveled at 25° .
  • Apple wood body.
  • Bronze depth stop, Brass nuts and screws.
  • Weight is 4 oz.


Blade Adjustment:

The blade is held securely to the body with two screws. Depth of cut is adjusted by moving the Bronze depth stop up and down to lessen or increase the blade exposure.

You can also set the depth stop so the blade is exposed more on one side than the other. This way you can take a lighter or heavier cut without adjusting the depth of cut. Tap the Bronze depth stop with a light hammer for minor adjustments. Use a screwdriver for larger adjustments.

Blade Sharpening:

The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods.

To sharpen, screw the blade to a piece of wood beveled as the same angle (see illustration below). Work the edge of the blade with a stone, using the wood to support the stone at the correct angle. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.

Tool Care


Bronze depth stop, Apple wood body, Brass screws and nuts.


The blade is O-1 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62. Bevel ground at 25º. The back of the blade is hollow ground for ease of sharpening.


Oil the blade to prevent rust. We recommend Camellia or Jojoba Oil - vegetable oil based products. They are non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use


Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.

Proposition 65 Notice:

Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.