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Brand/Manufacturer: Bastionhead

Style: Bevel-down

Blade Width: approx. 10 inches

Overall Width: approx. 19 inches

Handle Construction/Material: Quality hardwood with octagonal bandsawn finish.  Fastened with epoxy. 


Ten inches is a lot of blade!  This size of drawknife is often requested by serious bowyers who do a lot of heavy stock removal.  I do not recommend this large of a drawknife for finer work, such as making spoons or chairs.


I make drawknives to suit my own high standards of performance, ergonomics, and durability.  They hold a good edge and sharpen easily.


Each drawknife is handmade by me.  I do my best to achieve uniform specifications, but there may be up to a half inch discrepancy in the blade width and the overall width.  Wood species for the handles will vary, but will always be a tough, dense hardwood such as ash, hickory, honey locust, pecan, or oak. Whatever the wood species, the two handles of a single drawknife will come from directly adjacent sections of a single piece of stock.  Other handle species may be available upon request and at additional charge (contact us for more information).


I personally grind, hone, and test every drawknife I offer to ensure good cutting performance, edge retention, and ergonomics. The video shows typical drawknife performance cutting dry hickory.  Drawknives ship razor sharp, ready to work, and include a reusable plastic edge cover.  A custom leather sheath is available as an option when purchasing.

Bastionhead Original Drawknife 10 inch, Bevel-down

Turn around time is about 4 weeks
  • I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for a period of one year from the purchase date of any Bastionhead Original drawknife.  If you are unhappy with the tool for any reason, you can return it within the one year period and receive a refund of the purchase price and all shipping charges.  Additionally, I offer a lifetime guarantee on the build quality of the tool. For example, if the weld fails or the handles come loose, I will repair or replace the tool at no charge.  Of course, this excludes failures or damage caused by mistreatment, such as impact or excessive moisture exposure. 

  • Most drawknives fall into two basic categories, those that are intended to be used with the bevel facing up and those intended to be used with the bevel facing down.  Bevel-up drawknives typically are better for working flat or straight areas, for instance removing bark or chamfering corners.  Bevel-down drawknives are more suited to contouring work, like shaping axe handles, curvy table legs, or spoons.  Perhaps one out of every dozen or so vintage drawknives that I encounter can be used comfortably in either orientation.

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