If there is a blacksmith in the area, you can get one made just the way you want it. Stick a straight grain piece of oak or hickory in the eye hole and go to work. This is a very simple tool but you need to find one that is the size you need for the work you are doing.Anybody know of where I could buy a froe, new or used. I'm in the Jacksonville area.
I bought this one a while back: http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=67231&cat=2,44728,45794,67231. I did end up using a belt sander to taper mine a bit more, but it does work okay for splitting billets out of wet oak logs, etc. and is thick enough not to warp or bend during use. I also have used it for splitting saplings for walking sticks, and it works fine for that.Speaking of making froes, I've read complaints that modern froes are often too thin and not wedge shaped. Thoughts or comments on that?
-- Rick M