The process of bit making has been handed down over 5 generations in the Field family; each one utilizing basic core patterns and making them their own. Along the way subtle changes have been made, either in an effort to simplify the process without compromising the quality of their work, or to personalize their own style.
Until one has actually observed first-hand the amount of effort and attention to detail that is required to create these functioning works of art, one could never truly appreciate their value!
These bits are actual working bits, with most of the patterns utilizing a no-pinch cheek piece. They are made from mild steel with copper low port mouth pieces; spoon or spade mouth pieces are available on request. The majority of the bits are loose jaw, but can be made with a solid jaw if desired. They are standard 5 & 1/8" width.
The silver is inlaid and hand-stamped; each curve and line represents one strike of the hammer, and can use up to 8 different tools depending on the size and pattern of the bit. When the bit construction is finished, the bits are heated or baked in an oven or kiln at 540 degrees for 2 hours to give them a rich, dark blue coloring. Gary has experimented with different coatings to extract a more sepia-toned finish if desired.
Each bit comes with a set of rein chains (with the exception of the grazing bits). The rein chains are also hand-made from stainless steel.