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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I had been looking for a tool, in this case a drawknife, for specific use in making canes; a hobby of mine for a number of years now. I was also looking for a draw knife that did not require a mortgage on my home or requiring me to sell my first born into bondage. When I ordered this knife I had some trepidations - primarily due to the relative low cost. Hey, I did not want to spend all that much, but on the other hand I did not want a hunk of junk on my hands - goodness knows I have enough problems making my canes and I have a barn and storage sheds filled with enough junk as it is.

Anyway, I am delighted with this product and it fits my specific needs perfectly. I work with sticks. These sticks are very seldom over two or three inches in diameter. I primarily work with four kinds of wood; hickory, oak, sassafras and walnut - depending upon what sort of cane I am building. I use walnut some, a bit of cherry and upon rare, rare occasions, cedar. I needed this took to remove bark, knots and humps and bumps from limbs and twigs. The wood stock I use has always been cured for at least two years. Again, this tool is perfect for that job.

The blade is only five inches wide but the flared handles give my hands plenty of room thereby avoiding knuckle scrapes. The handles are made of very light wood, which is the only reservation I have about this tool, but I suppose time will tell in that area. The tips of the handles come to a flared sort of ending so your hand dose not slip off very easily. The tool is light but not too light. The blade is bowed...again, another feature I was looking for.

The blade of this particular drawknife is just a bit flexible which is a feature I was specifically looking for. My work is more art or craft like that would be required in heavy duty building and the flexible blade allows me to make cuts and maneuver the blade quite well.

Now buyer take warning! This is an extremely sharp tool! I was actually amazed and extremely grateful when I opened the package and found it had a nice sturdy leather holster. I have used this tool on all the woods mentioned above and I average out about two hours of steady work before the blade needs to be touched up a bit on the stone. This of course depends upon the hardness of the wood I am working on at any given moment. Do be careful though when using this knife - a slight slip could cause you to loose quite a chunk of your body real fast!

After use I always clean the blade well and apply a thin coat of oil which in turn, over time, has oiled the leather sheath and I have had no problems with rusting - a possibility I think quite likely if this tool were not maintained correctly.

The sharpening is quite easy. I use a stone and light oil and the blades stays almost razor shape with little hassle.

If I were doing heavy duty work on larger stock I would want a larger and heavier drawknife but for the purpose I am using it for it is perfect.

I might also not that this thing is made in the United States...this is comforting. Truth be told I have had rather poor luck with many of the tools I have purchased that were made in China and I try my best to avoid them. It should also be noted that the company that is offering this knife here on Amazon was quite efficient and the shipping was extremely fast.

I am completely happy with this drawknife!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Nice drawknife, works well. I like the fact that it can flex as it allows you to some what form it around round peices of wood. I use it as a tool for my wood carving hobby mostly to quickly remove bark and the other layers of wood that i am trying to carve. It comes presharpened and be warned it is very, very sharpe so use with caution and be sure to use some type of hand protection.

I would have rated it high but one of the handles came off after a few weeks of use and I had to mix up some two part epoxy to reattach it. Since doing that Ive had no more troubles.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2011
Draw knives are so expensive, but not this one. This arrived razor sharp. Looks like the cutting edge is chrome plated. The flexible nature allows it to contour to logs to round the cut. The handles look like soft wood but they seem to be installed tightly. I'm hopeful that they hold up for a long time. All I need is a tool to remove bark so I can make poles and posts. Only a five inch blade but it will do it at a reasonable price.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
I was looking for a bark removal draw knife; this one is perhaps better suited for the wood shop. I have used it on two diameter inch red cedar logs and feel maxed out at that diameter (a larger log will have me bashing my thumbs and knuckles against the log). It arrived sharp (mirror finish) and easily cut through knots. Cuts are clean and leave a beautiful finish - better than any sanding. The steel quality seems quite good; it holds its edge for a few hours (even through some abusive strokes). The curved blade allows me extra finesse than a straight blade. I prefer USA made over what comes from China, which is almost always inferior. Handles seem secure (glued not bolted). The way they flare out and are shaped assures a solid grip even on hot, sweaty days; however, they are small. Overall this is a great product and I am pleased. I will be shopping for a larger draw knife for larger logs; I'll keep this one for more delicate jobs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
I have a lot of woodworking edge tools including some "big name" planes and this is the first one I've ever purchased that didn't need any sharpening at all. It was extremely sharp right out of the box. The included leather sheath does a good job of protecting the blade (and your fingers) when not in use. The overall size and the really comfortable handle angle make it easy to control when removing either a lot of wood or just a little. Like any drawknife using it bevel down allows even finer shaving and control after the bulk of wood has been removed. This is a very good tool at a good price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2010
This was my first draw knife, and everything I know about using a draw knife I learned on the internet. So for what it's worth, I thought this was a great tool. I bought it for a rocking chair project and it did exactly what I wanted it to do. It seemed plenty sharp out of the box and has held up well so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2011
Flexcut does it again...really like the quality and feel of their draw knife. Well made, sharp out of the box and includes a nice leather protective cover. Can't wait to work on some more walking staffs/canes!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I received my drawknife a couple of days ago, and my first task for it was to remove the bark from a seasoned oak piece about 1 1/2" in diameter and almost six feet long. I had tried removing the bark before with a rasp and a plane, and both met with failure.

After locking the piece into a a wood vise, I started to work. It took me a bit to get the hang of just how much I could flex it, and the angle to use, but it wasn't long before I was taking the bark right off. Heck of a lot easier than the plane or rasp!!

But I did find that the edge would not hold up. After removing the bark from about 12" of the workpiece, halfway around, I had to stop. When I examined the blade edge, I could see numerous places where it appeared that there were nicks in the edge. I applied a circular whetstone and was able to restore the edge, but throughout the whole job of removing all the bark, I had to stop and re-hone the edge at least eight or nine times. Not what I expected.

Even with that, however, it works as advertised, and is a great size for the projects I am working on.

One last thing: the edge is SHARP when it comes out of the sheath the first time. Nicked my finger right away. I was more careful after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
I ordered this tool because I'm trying to get into making my own decoys, both decorative and for gunning over top of. My first impression was that this drawknife seemed like a pretty hefty handtool. The weight and the balance of this knife are both very nice. I have larger than average hands and this knife felt like just an extension of my hand... not too small that it was uncomfortable, or too large that my hands were struggling to grip the handles. After taking the drawknife out of it's leather sheath, I tested it on a small piece of red cedar that I had laying around, and let me tell you, this thing is S-H-A-R-P!! It seems to me, that Flexcut has made a tool that is not only amazingly crafted, but should stand up to the abuse that I plan on putting it through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Works good, very very sharp be very careful using this tool. I find this tool being made of a somewhat flexible steel to be an asset from in certain carving situations. You definitely want to keep it sheathed when not in use to protect the razor sharp edge from damage. I would suggest using something like neets foot oil on the leather to help preserve it and it will also help keep the blade from rusting. One of the handles worked loose after a few weeks and eventually came off and I had to mix up some two part epoxy to glue it back on since then no more problems. The blade is easily sharpened using a honing strop and polishing compound.
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