my first drawknife

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Blog entry by emart posted 10-29-2013 05:30 AM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

For the longest time I have gotten away with not needing a drawknife. Until now that is. A customer wants me to make a bokken which is a wooden copy of a japanese sword. This seemed like a decent excuse to buy myself a drawknife. once i got the tool off ebay I then set about making some new handles from black locust (I always find an excuse to use free wood.) Unfortunately after over an hour of work I screwed up the finish when I tried to install the steel rings that i salvaged from the old handles and then I made another blunder by not making the tapered tang holes wide enough so they are stuck 3/4 on the tangs. since its getting late today I will just use it the way it is for now.

On the bright side after sharpening it I noticed some telltale forge welds that tell me this unnamed tool is most likely tool steel sandwiched in iron. When i did a test cut I was able to cut massive chunks from a 2×4 with almost no effort whatsoever

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#1 posted 10-29-2013 07:57 AM

Neat tool. Let us know how the Bokken comes out!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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