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Old 11-11-2010, 04:34 PM
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I picked up a D.R. Barton 9" drawknife at a garage sale a few months ago and decided to bring it back to useable condition this week. It had a broken handle. After making two new handles, I now need to sharpen it. Is there anyone that knows the best method for sharpening a drawknife?

The blade is convex beveled, not flat beveled, from both sides, not like most drawkinves that have one side flat and the other side flat beveled. I was planning on using a mill file to get a rough edge at 35 degrees, then using a 100 grit hand stone to get a medium edge, followed by a 400 slipstone for a final finish.
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:16 PM
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I have more than 30 drawknives and none are beveled on both sides and I don't know how you would use it. Do you have a photo of the edge? Is it sharp in the center of both bevels or on the edge of one bevel. I don't see how you could guide it or control it. Are you sure it is factory made.

It would be the same as a wood chisel with a bevel on both sides.
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I have more than 30 drawknives and none are beveled on both sides and I don't know how you would use it. Do you have a photo of the edge? Is it sharp in the center of both bevels or on the edge of one bevel. I don't see how you could guide it or control it. Are you sure it is factory made.

It would be the same as a wood chisel with a bevel on both sides.
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Looks like it was intended as some kind of a splitter to me. I've never seen anything like it, so it's just a wild guess.
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Looks like it was intended as some kind of a splitter to me. I've never seen anything like it, so it's just a wild guess.
I haven't seen one like this before either. I thought maybe the double bevels would be a method to control the depth of cut. The bevels are not real pronounced but enough to allow you to control the angle of the blade. It is stamped D.R. Barton and a date of 1882. The 2 is not real clear so it may be another number. It also has a 9 for the 9" blade.
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Looks to me like it's an old ground-down drawing knife that's been ruined.
Someone probably thought they could use it for hollowing like a curved spokeshave.
I have an old right-handed hatchet that some moron beveled from both sides.
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At first I thought the same a you Cutter, but the bevels are very smooth and even across the blade length, as though they were made that way originally. I am still puzzled as to what a drawknife with these two bevels would be used for.
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What you have is home made or very rare. I have checked all my books about such a knife or how to sharpen one and nada. I cannot for the life of me figure how you would use it or control the cut.
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I know that special purpose drawknives were used in tannerys to thin down hides ..I never seen one like that .. It could been used to skin the excess fat off a hide..
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This is pretty much how I clean and edge mine.

In the early 60's I had the priviledge to work with/tag along with my Grandfather who made wooden spokes for those folk that still had and used buggies and iron banded wooden spoked wagons.

The only times I saw him use one with the double blend on the edge was to strip bark or held in such a way as to rake on the work piece, and this was not that often. He also used it to split thin wood plank boards of short lengths.

As O'man said, it's special and should be cared for, even if it cannot be used as would be the typical draw knife.

FWIW, putting a good edge on the draw knife is a little awkward as we are all more practiced in putting the cutting edge to the stone rather than putting the stone to the cutters edge.
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