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Forum topic by BFamous posted 03-07-2018 11:21 AM 907 views 1 time favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BFamous

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03-07-2018 11:21 AM

gentlemen, I’m looking for a recommendation for a good, but not over the top expensive, draw knife. I’m looking to remove the bark from some trees up to 12” in diameter. About a dozen 10’ logs.

Any recommendations or suggestions?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com


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#1 posted 03-07-2018 12:27 PM

Try Ebay, there is usually a bunch of really good ones for sale for a lot less than a new one, might be in need of some restoration but still good deals. I have bought four different ones and still can´t reach the price tag of a premium drawknife.

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 01:03 PM

Are there certain brands to look for, or to avoid?

Also, is a straight or curved blade better for peeling bark?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 01:09 PM

4-5 years ago I looked for a drawknife, comparing used vs new. Not knowing brands etc hampered the search, and most of the good looking used were overpriced imo. I ended up buying a new one from Lee Valley for <$50, this one.

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 01:34 PM

That’s really good for a new one. I have several vintage ones none a high end brand and they all work really well, so you can’t go too wrong if you find a good deal, Brian. And it is actually a little easier to peel bark with a dull drawknife than a sharp one. Slightly dull gets between the bark and wood without digging into the wood. Sharp does still work way better than most other methods. A bark spud is the real deal though, and you could make one if you have the equipment. Just need to mount a sturdy blade on the end of a long tool handle. Lee Valley used to have one but it’s not available anymore:
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=20121&cat=1,41131

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 02:56 PM



That s really good for a new one. I have several vintage ones none a high end brand and they all work really well, so you can t go too wrong if you find a good deal, Brian. And it is actually a little easier to peel bark with a dull drawknife than a sharp one. Slightly dull gets between the bark and wood without digging into the wood. Sharp does still work way better than most other methods. A bark spud is the real deal though, and you could make one if you have the equipment. Just need to mount a sturdy blade on the end of a long tool handle. Lee Valley used to have one but it s not available anymore:
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=20121&cat=1,41131

- Tim


Tim,
I’d never heard of a bark spud before – but it looks like it should work just fine and it looks like a combination of a few tools/materials I already have laying around. I might go the route of trying to make one myself before either buying one or buying a draw knife.

Thanks for the help and insight!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#6 posted 03-07-2018 02:58 PM

If buying from Ebay it´s easy to find Made in USA brands from the old days, Greenlee, Craftsman, Ohio Tool Co., Buck Brothers, and a whole bunch more. For peeling bark I would definitely go with the straight blade, a lot easier to sharpen.

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 09:39 AM

I have one from Lee Valley can vouch for it

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 10:49 PM

I see them fairly often at antique and vintage vendors. It was one of the first tools I used as a kid to shape wood.

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#9 posted 03-09-2018 02:25 AM

I’ve bought several drawknives for very low prices from flea markets.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 02:52 AM

I have a half dozen drawknives, mostly pretty generic. The only special one I have was my father’s and his father’s. I’ve not posted any pic here before but I’ll try to not screw it up. I took a pic to show that it has adjustable handle angle at the ends. If you loosen the rings at the ends of the knife there are mating notched rings that allow you to pivot one or both handles and lock it in place. The rest that I have came from yard and garage sales, usually for less than $5. I need to spend a couple of weeks just cleaning up tools. My last two shops were not a good dry environment for tools. My current shop ironically a basement shop stays very dry and nothing rust there.

You can Google bark spud. There is a wide variety of styles. You might also Google drop forged ice scraper. I sometimes peel logs with a sharpened shovel or a tile spade. One of my favorite ways is to put the logs on supports off of the ground and let them sit and dry a while before I saw them into lumber and then the bark will pop right off. :-)

-- Francis Robinson, Central Indiana, USA - - Shopsmith fanatic

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#11 posted 03-18-2018 02:36 PM

I have looked on ebay for a draw knife, fairly regularly for about 3 months. I have not found what I was able to recognize as a good one for a good price. Finding good used stuff never seems all that easy, for me.

Last time i scanned ebay, there were a number of new ones, with handles that bolted on and were removable. Is that design okay, or is it trouble prone with loose handles?

Several on ebay are by “Koch”. Anyone know what the nature of that company is regards their hand tools?

Another ebay option are new ones by DM Sellers Tools, which I have not heard of. A new one of those with an 8” blade was $37 and free shipping, last time i looked. Could be okay. I found a website and the business of DM Seeleys Tools shows a location in Michigan. Looks like you can get it for a few dollars less directly from them.

The Lee Valleyone linked above looks great, priced at $49.50. That might be a great price, but for me it is not in the cheap category. However, if an ebay auction goes to 30 bucks or so, and then the seller adds 10 or 12 more for shipping, that is getting close enough to the Lee Valley that I think getting it is the way to go and skip the ebay hunting.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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OSU55

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#12 posted 03-18-2018 04:21 PM

^ Same thing I went through. I figured for $10-12 more I could get a new one from LV, and trust they would not sell junk. If not in a hurry wait for one of their free shipping specials.

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#13 posted 03-19-2018 03:51 AM

I picked up a Witherby on eBay last year. It holds an edge and does a great job.
This is the one that Lie Nielsen’s is based on.
I looked and there are several on eBay now.
Good luck.

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jimintx

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#14 posted 03-19-2018 02:05 PM


^ Same thing I went through. I figured for $10-12 more I could get a new one from LV, and trust they would not sell junk. If not in a hurry wait for one of their free shipping specials.
- OSU55

Yep, with shipping, the cost goes to ~$60 if I ordered it now.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#15 posted 03-19-2018 02:11 PM

I walk past new ones every time I go to Menard’s…..

I could just walk downtown, about 3 blocks from my house, and pick up vintage ones for $15 each…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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