Help with sharpening a Drawknife.

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Forum topic by olfrt posted 02-16-2009 06:25 AM 1393 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2009 06:25 AM

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Hi Guys ! Just cleaned up two old draw-knives: one straight and one curved. The curved knife, which I was told is for contouring chair seats, has a straight bevel on the cutting edge, but the straight knife has a convex curve on the angled side of the cutting edge. Is one sharpened incorrectly? The straight draw-knife belonged to my father and was purchased before W.W. ll.The curved knife belonged to my wife’s paternal grandfather and was brought from New York state when he came West in 1895. The handles on this knife were splintered and the through rivets were all but rusted away. I drilled out two peach limbs and set the rivets in epoxy to hold the handles on. If anyone has sharpening advice I will say Thank You in advance. and How does one use the things?

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 06:28 AM

Draw as in pull towards you. Usually used on a shaving bench.

Sharpen with a file and stone. Clean up the edge with the file. Fine tune it with the stone.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 06:47 AM

I don’t use drawknives but I have a friend that is fanatical about these. He has taught me the basics since he did teach my most of my hand tool skills.
You use a draw knife on the pull stroke with the bevel away from the work piece. You can take small and fairly aggressive cuts with it. After using the drawknife, you clean up your cut with a spokeshave. No sanding needed afterwards.
I’m not too familiar with sharpening it. I know you have to flatten the back and when sharpening the bevel, you want to work the whole blade so you don’t change the angle of the bevel.
If you don’t get a good answer, let me know and I can ask my friend about it.

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