|Review by Caleb James||posted 05-26-2010 03:57 AM||8490 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I recently purchased a $235 drawknife with leather cover from Country Workshops after being totally disappointed using a LeeValley carving drawknife that was $65. This drawknife on the other hand was exactly what I wanted. It was worth every dime. I couldn’t be more pleased. I have never used a tool that said it was honed ready for use and it was actually true. It holds and unbelievable edge. The steel is just awesome. This tool looks very common but don’t let it fool you. I used it for several hours today and the edge is as sharp as when I started. I took very heavy cuts in white oak and it cut very smoothly. The angle of the bevel is ever so slightly rounded on the “knuckle” of the bevel making it work in slightly concave cuts and it doesn’t dig in suddenly like others that are really flat on the bevel side. The tang isn’t bowed like on most all drawknives since it is more expensive to manufacture them flat and straight. This is supposed to make it really easy to sharpen though I haven’t had to do that yet. I am using this for roughing chair parts on a shave horse. I highly recommend this tools. No regrets.
I have been using the drawknife for close to three years now. I still have not used a better knife. I have worked with the likes of Peter Galbert and Curtis Buchanan, they have a lot of old tuned up ones, and I still love this knife. What is so superior about this knife is that it holds an edge for so long it is unreal. I wish I could turn all my steel tooling to this stuff. Maybe I just got one of those one in a million perfectly hardened and tempered ones but I think the price just reflects a top notch tool.