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.

Follow this link for my approach on how to make holdfasts.

I have holdfasts for sale.  Please see my Items For Sale page if interested.

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