We offer the three most popular variations of Fox straight shapers. Steel manufacture, with a powder coating made to last for years of reed making.
To use this style of shaper, simply loosen the brass set screws to create enough space for the soaked cane to be inserted. Once you center the cane tighten the screws to keep it in place. Then, using a razor blade, or thicker hobby style blade, remove cane from the widest parts of the shaper toward the narrowest parts.
It is intended to be used with cane that has been gouged, but it will work with cane that has been profiled, and even shaped cane from a larger shaper.
These shapers differ from pure Knochenhauer shapes by including a straight segment, brief and near the tip. Otherwise, they are essentially Knochenhauer shapes. The sizes are progressively wider in each dimension. A wider shape will create a reed with a slightly lower pitch, and each offer different qualities of resistance and feel.
No folding of the cane means less chance of cane cracking and a faster work pace. One, two, and as many as three pieces of cane may be shaped at one time.
Fox #1 (as described by Fox – modified Knochenhauer shape)
- 15.1mm at tip
- 8.6mm at 36.2mm from tip (narrowest point)
- 9.3mm at base
Fox #2 (as described by Fox – almost Knochenhauer shape)
- 15.4mm across the tip
- 8.6mm at 41.6mm from tip (narrowest point)
- 9.4mm at base
Fox #3 (as described by Fox – modified Knochenhauer shape)
- 16mm at tip
- 9.0mm at 36.7mm from tip (narrowest point)
- 9.8mm at base