8 Best Drawknives for the Money – Reviews & Buyers Guide

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Drawknives are an important piece of kit for a woodworker and selecting the right one for the job can be challenging. A high-quality drawknife can be used for various tasks, such as stripping bark from trees, trimming large beams, and even sculpting wood in crafting. We have tested and reviewed 8 of the best options available.

We have written an in-depth report on each one, displayed them in an easy-to-read comparison table, and compiled a buyers guide to make your buying decision easier.

 

Comparison of our favorite Drawknives

 

Drawknives Reviews

 

UJ Ramelson Co 4.5″ Drawknife

 

Morakniv Classic Wood Splitter Knife 

 

Stubai Drawknife Made In Austria (Best Overall)

 

Felled Draw Shave Knife

 

FLEXCUT 5 inch Drawknife

 

BeaverCraft Drawknife 

 

Carmyra 8 Inches Straight 

 

Timber Tuff TMB-10S (Best Value)

 

Drawknives Buyers Guide

As we mentioned in our introduction drawknives can be used for a variety of tasks and, therefore, there are different types to choose from.  The use of this tool is where it derives its name from as the user pulls the blade toward them, usually in a seated position, shaving off a thin piece of wood.  The blade is ‘drawn’ over the wood.

Blade

These knives are very sharp and typically quite long with handles on either side.  The blade is sharpened to a chisel bevel and there will be a distinct color difference between it and the rest of the metal.  This indicates it is sharp and ready for use.

Handles

Fixed handles on either side of the blade are better than and that adjust because it affords you a better, sturdier grip, and therefore much more control.  Remember, these can be used for intricate and artistic woodworking and the handles are what gives you the control over the blade.

The Drawknife handle should be at a downwards angle and this will enable more power in each draw and be far easier to use.

Length

This will be determined by the task you need to do.  A general rule of thumb is a larger drawknife will be used to prepare wood for further work, such as turning on a lathe, whereas a smaller blade is used for the finer intricate work.

Larger drawknives lack precision but are very powerful.  Medium-sized blades are ideal for most jobs.  The shortest drawknives have limited uses and will mainly be used in small sculpting crafts.

Blade thickness

The thicker the blade the more material you will shave off each draw.  This may be fine if preparing large logs for the wood lathe, but for the intricate work, it’ll be much more difficult to accurately control.  Ensure the blade is not too thick otherwise your project could be ruined.

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How to use a Drawknife

The most common way to use a drawknife is in a seated position beside a shaving horse.  This enables much more control and grip of the stock, and additional power can be gained from the users’ legs.

Each draw is made easier if the grain of the wood is parallel to the shaving horse as the blade is not then trying to slice against the wood fiber.  Slow and gradual pulls of the blade is the best way to use the tool, to ensure that not too much material comes off at once.

By angling the blade, or pulling in a slithering fashion, you will have much more control of the depth of each cut.

Conclusion

For us, the Stubai Drawknife is the go-to choice and easily won our Best Overall award. It’s very durable, sharp, versatile, and affordable.  This drawknife can be used in so many tasks and we found it as easy to use as peeling a carrot!

Another great choice is the Timber Tuff TMB-10S which we selected as our Best Value pick. It’s similar in performance to the Stubai and is a lot cheaper. Although we didn’t encounter this issue, some buyers reported less than razor-sharp blades and this affected the performance of the tool, and it’s for this reason we dropped it a point.

As a woodworker, you’ll want to use the drawknife several times before the need to sharpen it arises.  Also, consider the fixed angled handles and thickness of the blade.

We hope that you now have enough information to confidently choose which drawknife is right for you, and we wish you the best of luck in choosing one.

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Walter Snyder