Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Draw Knives

  1. #1

    Default Draw Knives

    What is a good brand of draw knives? I bought a Columbus McKinnion from AIH and it's duller than crap, and the steel seems very soft. I will be peeling smaller logs 3-5 inch diameter. Thanks for any advice.

  2. #2
    Member AKDoug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Talkeetna
    Posts
    5,714

    Default

    Almost every draw knife I have used, from commercial made to homemade, have been pretty soft. Pretty much softer than an axe steel. I sharpen them with a 10" mill ******* file.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Unalakleet
    Posts
    103

    Default

    I bought a 13'' draw knife from AIH years ago(don't remember the brand but is green in color) and it was a little dull but a good trick I use an orbital sander with 120 grit sand paper.If my knife starts to get to dull I just touch it up real quick and back in action.

  4. #4
    Moderator LuJon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Palmer, AK
    Posts
    11,415

    Default

    I haven't used them as the cost is prohibitive for the little use it would get but I have never heard a negative thing about Gransfors Bruks tools. http://www.gransfors.com/htm_eng/index.html

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Meadow Lakes
    Posts
    54

    Default

    I also have one purchased from AIH about 11 years ago. It would not bite into the bark. I took it to a knife sharpener that "hollow ground" the blade. I'm not sure if that is the best solution but it worked.

  6. #6
    Member AKDoug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Talkeetna
    Posts
    5,714

    Default

    A draw knife is simply a big wide chisel with side handles. Flatten the back and sharpen the bevel side. I run my file cutting towards the edge.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Houston Alaska
    Posts
    36

    Default

    Get it sharp before you ever use it and continually touch it up as you use it with a 6 inch stone.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •