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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 04-19-2011 11:42 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2011 11:42 PM

I’m looking at getting a drawknife to peel logs for rustic furniture. What size, brand, and blade style would you recommend?

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#1 posted 04-20-2011 01:41 AM

I have used my Great Grandpa’s for such work. It had about a 12” blade. I don’t know where to get a new one. This last year a drywall contrator friend gave me a small one, blade about 8”- 9” long. It had a nick in the blade and I tried to sharpen it. Got the nick out, but did a terrible job sharpening the thing. Now I’m looking for someone to fix it.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-20-2011 02:14 AM

I have an old 12” I picked up at a yard sale for $2 about a dozen years ago. Used it to peel the logs for a friends home we built. No name on it and no idea what a new one would cost, but at least 12” is what you need unless your logs will all be small.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 04-20-2011 02:32 AM

In my opinion, the older the better! I have an old 10” that came in a box-lot at the local auction house. The steel is much better and you can buy them for pennies. Can’t touch the same thing you buy today for the same price.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 04-20-2011 02:39 AM

I picked mine up at an antique shop, steel is much better.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 04-20-2011 02:40 AM
page 105 of september cat.
They would be happy to sell you one or two, I would like the 4” for carving.
Personally I bought mine at flea markets and yard sales.

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#6 posted 04-20-2011 08:24 AM

You can find a lot of the them on ebay.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 04:35 PM

Do not buy one with folding handles. I find that an 8” with a slightly curved blade give you some flexibility. You can also use them upside down.
Mine is an old Bailey Cast Steel. You could shave with it. You can also gut yourself if you’re not careful.


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