Based on an antique Witherby design, available in two different styles: one with a slightly forward and downward curvature to the blade (like the original), and the other with a straight blade. Relief milled in the back for ease of sharpening.
Handles are positioned so the Drawknife can be used in both bevel up and bevel down positions. If your preference is to use the Drawknife exclusively in the bevel up or bevel down positions, the handles may be bent to achieve the optimum angle in relationship to the blade. Flat ground 25° bevel.
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Some years ago Jennie Alexander loaned me an antique Witherby to study. Around this time we were developing a Shavehorse with Brian Boggs. This Drawknife is the result of collaboration with both of these master chairmakers.
I have discovered that people who use drawknives a lot have differing opinions on how to use or sharpen them. Bevel up or down, flat bevel or rounded knife edge, and angle of blade relative to handle are all controversial.
Some people recommend rounding the back and/or cutting edge, which helps the tool make concave cuts in the wood. This also makes the blade more difficult to sharpen, so is a matter of personal preference. Our Drawknife comes with a flat bevel. The user can round that bevel if desired, but it is hard to then flatten a rounded bevel.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.