Sebastian Cox


We’ve worked closely with the team at Sebastian Cox for some time, their design and attention to detail is second to none. They understand the importance of using quality tools. Here they tell us why they use Axminster Tools and recommend the Axminster Rider Bevel Edge Chisels.

Sebastian Cox using Rider chisels

Why do you like Rider Chisels?

“For us, the Rider chisel represents great value for money. The steel is comparable with that of higher-end tools and they will hold an edge for a good amount of time. We recommend these chisels to our apprentices as a rock-solid investment to start their woodworking career with.”

What do you use them for?

“The chisels get used for numerous tasks around the workshop. Pairing joints, settling hinges and removing dry glue - chisels in our workshop can get a lot of abuse! The Rider’s seem to take this in their stride though and are easily re-sharpened in minutes.”

Why do you use Axminster Tools?

“Axminster are a really good company to have on our side. The folks there go out of their way to help and the range of products they have in stock is impressive. Their website is clear and easy to navigate, and ordering is a simple matter.”

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Tom Eddolls of English Fine Furniture


Tom started the company after working with some of the UK’s finest design workshops. Here he tells us about his favourite hand tool, the Veritas Standard Block Plane and what made him choose Axminster Tools.

What is your favourite hand tool?

“To be honest, one of my favourite tools is my Veritas Standard Block Plane. I’ve had it for 10 years now and I’m on my second iron, which should give you some indication as to how much I use it. It’s pretty battle scarred, but I use it every day and it performs all the operations you’d expect of it. Sharpening with diamonds allows me to keep the plane working at its best. I can get the iron razor sharp and it holds an edge far longer than anything else I’ve used.”

Why do you shop with Axminster?

“It’s simple really, you always have all the tools I ever need. You are the go-to place for cabinet making tools.”

Tom carried out a 3 year apprenticeship before completing his training at college in Royal Leamington Spa, where he qualified with distinction. Since this, he has worked for some of the UK’s foremost designer making workshops including Robin Furlong and Waywood Furniture creations. Since then, Tom has founded English Fine Furniture.

Pendennis Shipyard


We developed the Axminster Rider range of hand tools to give you excellent results at an affordable price. But you don’t just have to take our word on it. Here, multi-award winning, luxury yacht manufacturers, Pendennis Shipyard, tell us why they use Axminster Rider and why they get their tools from Axminster.

Why did you choose Axminster Rider?

“We chose Axminster Rider planes as they offer superior quality at an affordable price. The steel used and general construction is very good and the blades hold an edge well. In general, the Rider planes hold their own against far more expensive brands.”

Why do you use Axminster Tools?

“We use Axminster Tools as they are generally well priced. Most importantly they are extremely quick to respond to our needs, their equipment arrives with us well within 24 hours of order. They also manage any warranty issues with their suppliers extremely well"

Pendennis Shipyard was founded in 1988. Over the past 30-years the company has developed into a leader in superyacht custom new build and refit, with facilities and expertise that rival any global superyacht company.

Atelier Cabinet Makers


Atelier Cabinet Makers was founded by Jamie Smith and Rhiannon Adkins in August 2015. They have over 10 years experience of designing and making bespoke, luxury, high quality kitchens and items of furniture. Here, Atelier Cabinet Makers tell us why they love their Lie-Nielsen No.102 Block Plane.

Why do you like the tool?

“One of the nicest hand tools to use that is always in easy reach on the workbench. The body of the plane is designed beautifully so it feels right at place in the palm of your hand. The A2 steel blade holds a sharp edge and cuts with a smooth pass even through end grain.”

What do you use the tool for?

“Excellent for flush trimming, cleaning up edges and trimming end grain.”

Why do you use Axminster Tools?

“We use Axminster because their tools are reliable, high quality and excellent value. Their customer service is second to none.”