Need advice on a Draw Knife please

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Forum topic by gr8outdrsmn posted 12-12-2008 03:54 PM 3865 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2008 03:54 PM

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I am planning on purchasing a draw knife, in particular the “9 Curved Blade by Iltis Oxhead . Have any of you guys used this draw knife? Do you have any reccomendations or suggestions as to why this is not the one I should get?

I initially plan on using it while carving some paddles, but it will be use on a lot of other projects in the future.

Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 04:18 PM

I have several used ones and interestingly each one feels different. The favorites for me are ones that have the handles about 10 degrees above the cutting edge, which works well for shaving walking sticks or making rustic chairs. I typically use my shaving horse or am standing at a vise doing the work.

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#2 posted 12-12-2008 04:33 PM

You might want to look at some of the antique ones available at Sydnas Sloot. The prices are very reasonable. Several pros recommend old drawknives over their newer counterparts. The newer models often have a higher bevel that looks more like a chisel edge than a knife edge. I’ve got a turn-of-the-century one that works beautifully. The low bevel of the blade takes a great edge, and the inline handles give me more control for precise work than offset handles.

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