The Small Shop

5.5" (5 Speed) Hold and Fold - Photo Etch Bending Tool 

Product # SMS004

Product Article by Steve Bamford on Aug 3 2021


This Photo Etch Bending Tool from The Small Shop is the 5.5" (5 Speed) Hold and Fold.  This is the Revolutionary 5 Speed – Most features of any Photo Etch Bending Tool Ever.   

Features of this tool:

  • 100% Made in the USA

  • 5” Folding blade in safety case $3.99 value included!

  • Dual Knobs = Flatter and Higher Pressure Clamping

  • Gives extra clamping ability needed on longer PE

  • 2 outer guide pins allow Pass-thru for long parts

  • 16 Bending Finger Options

  • Easy to handle in the hand or on the Bench

  • Longer Fingers for deeper working area

  • Excellent for work on any type or scale of Photo Etch

  • Preferred by Ship Builders, HO and O Scale Railroad Builders

  • Micro Edges for finer more accurate folds when Scratch Building

  • Strong durable Power Wedges for scoreless thicker brass

  • Back straight edge can be used to assemble Fruil Tracks

  • Pre-Etch beams – Form Tie downs; clamp/Guards or Angle beams

  • Pyramid Finger Design - enables 'fold-over' of U-shaped channels

  • Spring-loaded tool head rotates to put either face along the edge

  • Head & Base are machined from aircraft grade aluminum.

  • Head is hard anodized clear (actual color may vary from photo shown depending on the anodizer some may be dark gray)

  • Base is hard anodized black.

  • Instructions and folding tool included.

  • Photos using the 5 Speed provided by José Brito.

  • Lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.


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  • Model: SMS004

  • Shipping Weight: 0.9lbs

  • Manufactured by: The Small Shop - Kalama, WA

I've been a fan of the The Small Shop products since I got my first Hold and Fold long ago.  They are a family run business that make very high quality product.  They also carry a variety of other scale modeling tools by other manufacturers.

All their products are made in the USA.

You can purchase this and other quality scale modeling tools directly from The Small Shop or from the many retailers that carry their products. 

Steve Bamford

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