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Get Them (In the US) While You Can...

A few years back, Christopher Schwarz Introduced North American woodworkers to the "The Most Tenacious Nails Ever". These reproduction Roman nails come from Clouterie Rivierre, a 125 year old French company based in Creil.


At the time, these nails were initially only available from a couple suppliers in Europe. But I had some projects coming up that called for these nails. So after hemming and hawing over what sizes and finishes I should buy, and experimenting with shipping cost break points, I decided on a large assortment nails that I'm still using today. Before my order had even arrived, Lie-Nielsen announced that they would be importing and selling these nails from their Warren, Maine headquarters. I was a little disappointed to realize I had spent some unnecessary cash on shipping, but I was pleased to know I could replenish my stock a little less expensively in the future.


Earlier this week I mentioned the nails in a blog post. While looking up the link to the nails on the Lie-Nielsen site, I discovered they only had one size and finish in stock. Before I sent readers on a merry goose chase, I inquired about the cause. Their reply informed me that this was not a Pandemic related shortage, but a permanent change.


XL Hammerhead Nails from Lie-Nielsen

So if you're looking for Blue, XL Hammerhead nails in 40mm length, you can still order them here while they last.


If Lie-Nielsen sells out, or you need a different style, finish or size, you can still get these Plank Nails and Door Nails from Dictum in Germany. The shipping will cost you a little more, but they're worth it. Once you decide what you want, I recommend adding and removing quantities to your cart until you find the shipping break point. When I made my order I was able to get a couple extra bags of nails without any additional shipping cost. The German terminology can be a little confusing, so you might want to review this Lost Art Press "Guide to Dictum's 'Roman' Nails" first.


Update:


Leslie Webb of Heartwood Tools kindly pointed out that you can buy these nails from Lee Valley Tools. They even offer a 140 piece assortment in a handy divider case. Thanks for the head's up Leslie!

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