As is often the case with Garrett Wade tools, the English plated brace is great, antique-looking tool pr0n that’s very expensive but not something you actually feel the need to have. The 13″ brace is carved from Beechwood and includes a 5” single square-tapered shank center bit and button-operated latch. Of course this splendid specimen of awesome will cost you $295, is only available online, and you’ll have to wait ’til mid-February for the backorder. Maybe the Garrett Wade scout-buyer who collects these from London got tied up in the pub.
While there’s no substitute for the feel that an antique style tool can give, the functionality of this tool doesn’t actually do anything a $17 Great Neck brace couldn’t do. In fact, the inexpensive one will probably last you longer, not to mention accept bits you already have around the shop.