Style: Bevel-up and down
Blade Width: 8 inches
Overall Width: 15.75 inches
Handle Construction/Material: Maple with octagonal bandsaw finish. Fastened with epoxy.
I fabricated this drawknife with rebar and 1095 knife steel to suit my own high standards of performance, ergonomics, and durability. It sharpens easily and holds an excellent edge.
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.
I personally grind all drawknives and hone them by hand with a stone and strop and test them to ensure good cutting performance and edge retention. Unless otherwise noted, videos show each particular drawknife cutting dry hickory. Drawknives ship razor sharp, ready to work, and include a reusable plastic edge cover.
Bastionhead Original Drawknife 1, Bevel-up and down
- Original peened-tang handles are inherently prone to working loose with time and use of the tool, and therefore CANNOT be guaranteed to stay tight permanently. They are tight at the time of shipping, but it is the buyer's responsibility to repeen them at the first sign of loosening should it become necessary.
- Replaced, epoxied handles are guaranteed to stay tight for the life of the tool, barring abusive treatment such as impacts.