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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 04-09-2014 03:19 PM 1278 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigblockyeti

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04-09-2014 03:19 PM

I’m looking for a drawknife or two for skinning bark from logs. This one: http://www.amazon.com/Timber-Tuff-TMB-05DC-Shave-Pealer/dp/B00E3A6VXI/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1397056505&sr=8-6&keywords=drawknife looks like it would be ok for smaller logs/branches. I’m thinking that a straight blade would be better for larger diameter logs. Who makes good ones? Would it be better to have a steel that could be easily sharpened or one that will hold an edge for a long time? To what level do they need to be sharpened, would a file suffice or do they need to be honed to a fine edge? Thanks in advance for your input.


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#1 posted 04-09-2014 03:45 PM

Debarking won’t dull a blade as quickly as cutting wood. The knife in the link is too narrow. I use a curved draw knife for peeling bark but it’s the only one I own so I can’t tell you which is better.

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#2 posted 04-09-2014 05:27 PM

You certainly don’t want that knife. Are you building a log cabin or something? I mean how much are you going to use it?

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#3 posted 04-09-2014 06:29 PM

I bought an old curved drawknife for cheap off ebay. After some rust scouring and sharpening, it works great. I sharpen mine on a paper wheel system so it’s super quick… using stones on curved surfaces isn’t easy.

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#4 posted 04-09-2014 07:16 PM

I bought a $5 drawknife from a garage sale and it has worked well. A wider one allows you to keep your knuckles farther away and skew the cut more if you need to. I’ve read a dull drawknife works better for removing bark, but I’ve never bothered to dull it to test that. I just didn’t sharpen it again and it peeled bark well. Apparently dull helps you keep from digging into the wood as much but still takes the bark off. Also using it bevel down seems to be a little easier to peel the bark without digging in because you can vary the angle of attack easily as the surface angle of the wood changes.

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 10:16 PM

GREAT DRAW KNIVES AT BARR TOOLS – ALL HAND FORGED – I OWN 2 DRAW KNIVES,A SLICK AND MANY CHISELS WITH NO COMPLAINTS
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