RaD Didgeridoos DrawKnives

A drawknife is a versatile woodworking tool that is commonly used to shape wood and bark by removing shavings. It is characterized by a long blade with a handle at each end, allowing for easy manoeuvrability and control. This traditional hand tool is specifically designed to have a longer cutting edge compared to its depth. The drawknife is used by pulling the blade toward you.

By gripping the handles and applying pressure, the user can skilfully remove thin layers of wood, resulting in a smooth and precise finish. Whether it's for shaping wooden furniture, carving intricate designs, or creating intricate wooden pieces, the drawknife is an essential tool for woodworkers. Its sharp blade and ergonomic design make it ideal for both beginners and experienced craftspeople alike.

a man in a checked shirt is holding a drawknife and working on timber
a man in a checked shirt is holding a drawknife and working on timber

What is a Drawknife?

Our drawknives are crafted using high-grade steel, guaranteeing exceptional quality and durability. These versatile tools are specifically designed for individuals interested in debarking logs, branches and trunks, working with beams, sculpting, creating didgeridoos and bows ideal for shaping and smoothing all types of wood.

Whether you're an experienced woodworker or a novice, our drawknives provide a reliable and efficient solution for all your carving needs. With our drawknives, you can confidently embark on your woodworking projects, knowing that you have chosen the perfect tool for the job.

Kirschen Two Cherries Drawknives

a drawknife on a wooden table
a drawknife on a wooden table

Drawknife History

Drawknives where originally called drawing knives. They have usually consist of a flat or curved blade, available in various sizes. The blade of a drawknife is usually chisel-shaped in section and has a bevel-ground front edge. The tapered tangs at both ends of the blade are commonly equipped with wooden handles.

Drawing Knives have been used throughout and where widely used in medieval Russia for smoothing surfaces after using an Axe or Adze. A drawknife is part of a collection of Viking Shipwright's Tools dating back to around 100 AD. This tool is currently on display at the State Historical Museum in Stockholm. While there are no examples of this tool in medieval illustrations from Western regions, it played a crucial role in various woodworking trades. The bow maker, wheelwright, carpenter, clog maker, turner, and joiner were among the craftsmen who knew how to effectively utilize the drawknife. Its importance and functionality make it an essential tool in the field of woodworking.

An old style drawknife on a wooden table
An old style drawknife on a wooden table

When using a drawknife, it is important to follow a specific technique in order to achieve optimal results. It is recommended to start working from the centre of the piece towards the end. This allows for better control and precision. After reaching the end, the piece should be reversed in the shaving horse or vise and the process should be repeated, working from near the centre out to the end again.

This ensures an even and consistent result. Once the bark and excess material have been completely removed, it is necessary to go back over the surface of the object and lightly scrape it. This step helps to eliminate any irregularities and create a smooth and uniform surface. By following these steps, the final product will be of higher quality and visually appealing.

Using a Drawknife

a drawknife with shavings on a piece of timber
a drawknife with shavings on a piece of timber

How to Sharpen a Drawknife


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