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WayneC

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07-21-2015 02:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drawknife draw knife tool antique dreams

This is a thread to share draw knife related information. Please post photos of your draw knives. I will try to pull mine out and post photos of them.

Photo from: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?18080-Buying-a-draw-shave

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov


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#1 posted 07-21-2015 03:15 AM

I dream of having a drawknife..

This reminds me of a robert jordan book. “Knife of Dreams”

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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hairy

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 12:40 PM

Here is my oddball assortment.

The only 1 marked is the big one in the last pic. BUHL SONS CO

All from flea market or yard sale. I haven’t yet found the right job for the first one pictured. Mainly, I put a piece of firewood between lathe centers, and use a drawknife to remove bark or start the rough shaping. I have used the small one when making spoons.

I didn’t measure blades, but I did measure handles. 21” for the first pic going down to 7” for the last pic. The last 2 were missing handles when I got them.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 02:32 PM

WayneC-
Another good forum idea. I have several and I want more (want not need). I’ve found a few links over the years that have helped me restore the ones I have into usable tools. I’ll write more about my rehabbing of these tools later but here are a few links I’ve found helpful.

Mike Dunbar is a chair maker and highly knowledgeable about old tools.
https://books.google.com/books?id=vvYDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA42&lpg=PA42&dq=selecting+and+using+drawknives&source=bl&ots=vxaeHg_zNO&sig=PC_FbK3i_LqzmGwSwSwZoLNEr8g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAmoVChMIkb3n8a_sxgIVwZmACh3tHADb#v=onepage&q=selecting%20and%20using%20drawknives&f=false

Bob Smalser seems to really know his stuff. I’ve learned a lot from reading his information on this site.
http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/bSmalser/drKnife/drKnife1.asp

Curtis Buchanan’s videos are detailed and complete. His use of a grinder speeds up the rehab of flea market finds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R8FpLPx4wo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcjqp6dpkRs

There is a lot of information about the use of this tool on the internet.
chuck

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 05:46 PM

Justin I’ve gotten a few for $5, I take it no such luck finding one?

hairy, that first one sure is an oddball, what is it, a blade bolted to a bar basically?

Thanks for the links, Chuck.

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 05:58 PM


hairy, that first one sure is an oddball, what is it, a blade bolted to a bar basically?

- Tim

That is just about what it is. If it’s not a drawknife then I don’t know what is. It is easy to sharpen.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 06:44 PM

hairy-
I, too, noticed that ”...blade bolted to a bar…” And I agree that it is a strange duck. But in the world of draw knives I’ve seen several that go quack. What I noticed about that one the most though was the handles. Those look like file handles. And file handles would work well for that purpose on that knife. I see an occasional
ebay listing for a “Lutz draw knife”. Lutz makes a pretty good file handle. And because files are generally used with a push stroke and file tangs are tapered using a file or rasp tends to tighten the handle. Because draw knives are generally used with a pulling motion and the draw knife tangs are also tapered a file handle is the wrong way to go. The end result could propel a user hard and fast to the rear when the tapered tang separates from the handle. I don’t want to go flying around a work area trying to break my fall while holding several inches of sharp steel in one hand. But for a tool like yours pulling on the side of a file handle should not pose an eminent hazard. The curved draw knife (bottom second photo) is the one of yours I like best.
Another draw knife link:
http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/pScott/drawKnife/drawKnife-01.asp
chuck

WayneC-
Is it draw knife or drawknife? and…
Are scorps allow in too?

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 07:46 PM

Two drawknives, a TH Witherby (top) and a Dunlap (bottom)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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WayneC

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 07:59 PM


WayneC-
Is it draw knife or drawknife? and…
Are scorps allow in too?

- upchuck

I’m not the grammar police… lol

Scorps are most definitely allowed.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 12:34 AM

A scorp is just a badly bent drawknife.

The edge of this scorp makes a 120 degree sector of a circle with radius 1.5 inches. (Draw a circle with radius 1.5 and divide into thirds.) So about 4 inches straight line across from edge tip to edge tip. Tangs are about 4.5 inches apart. Tangs go all the way through the handles and are bent over securing them to the handle. Maker is unknown.

(The last photo was after a cleaning of the handles and an application of BLO+Mineral Spirits+Wax.)

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#10 posted 07-22-2015 12:39 AM


A scorp is just a badly bent drawknife.
- Combo Prof

Or in your case a well bent draw knife. I like this tool a lot. Good find. Thanks for the pictures.
chuck

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#11 posted 07-22-2015 01:00 AM

What is the most efficient way to sharpen a scorp?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-22-2015 02:26 AM



What is the most efficient way to sharpen a scorp?

- WayneC

Curtis Buchanan again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZoTTN-LZyQ
I believe that Leonard Lee in his book, The Complete Guide to Sharpening , has a few paragraphs about sharpening scorps using sanding drums and other power tools.

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#13 posted 07-22-2015 02:43 AM

I think if I am not mistaken, I think I saw Underhill hold one handle in his left hand with the blade up and pressing the other handle against his chest. Then with stone in his right hand he drew it across the edge. But I see others clamp a handle in a vise and draw he stone over the edge. Or hold it against a grinding wheel.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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hairy

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#14 posted 07-22-2015 12:26 PM

Another oddball? Straight scorp? I thought a scorp was a scooping tool. Straight blade 4 and 1/2” It had 1 handle when I got it . Yard sale , maybe $2.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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upchuck

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#15 posted 07-22-2015 01:25 PM



Another oddball? Straight scorp? I thought a scorp was a scooping tool. Straight blade 4 and 1/2” It had 1 handle when I got it . Yard sale , maybe $2.
- hairy

hairy-
I don’t know what that scorp might used for but if I’d seen it for two bucks it would have followed me home too.
chuck

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