The Clifton 550 concave spokeshave is a wonderful tool for working on spindles, handles, chair legs, etc. The rounded cutting edge makes it much more efficient than a flat spokeshave or drawknife on cylindrical workpieces.
The body is made from unbreakable spheroidal graphite iron and has a weighty, capable feel in the hand. The thick, heavy blade is made in the same way as the other Clifton plane irons and takes a superb edge.
Whether you use them on the push stroke or the pull stroke, for rank cuts or gossamer shavings, it is important to always use spokeshaves downhill – i.e. towards the centre of concave shapes or away from the centre of convex ones.