I bought my first two holdfasts from a nearby blacksmith back when I lived in northern Alabama. I described what I wanted and then watched him make my holdfasts. He impressed me with his skills and that was when I first set my mind on learning to blacksmith. Plus, the holdfasts worked very well and I have made great use of them over the years with my woodworking. So, holdfasts that I make are patterned after those original holdfasts from the Alabama blacksmith. Unfortunately I do not remember the maker's name. Holdfasts can also work in an anvil's pritchel hole as a blacksmithing aid. Here is an example.
I have holdfasts for sale. Please see my Items For Sale page if interested.
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