I have to transport all sorts of woodworking tools to conduct
classes and demonstrations on everything from rail splitting to
fine joinery. One of the hardest edge tools to protect is a
Leather guards are hard to keep on a scorp as on other
types. It is difficult to store or transport scorps without
dulling or nicking the edges.
A longtime friend and mentor of mine, the late Bob Elgin of St.
James, Missouri, an accomplished bowl and trencher carver,
taught me over thirty years ago how to make a wooden guard for
scorps and now I am passing the design to all of you in this
These guards work well on both closed one-handled scorps or
two-handed ones like the one in this post. I made this guard out
of a scrap of mahogany but just about any wood will work fine. I
started with a piece of mahogany 3/8ths of an inch thicker than
the width of the blade. I then sawed a 3/8ths board off of the
side and cut the thicker piece to exactly fit the inside of the
scorp bow. The board was then glued back on the thicker piece
and trimmed bigger than the thick piece to create the ledge in
which the scorp cutting edge rests.
I have added several photos with captions to explain the design.
This photo shows my two-handled scorp with the guard in place.
Two toggles on the front lock the guard to the scorp blade.
This view shows the guard in place from the rear.
This is a side view of the guard secured to the scorp. Note that
the cutting edge
rests on a wooden ledge and is forced firmly there by the
toggles in the opposite side.