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    HI. I would like to invest in a draw knife to remove waste wood more quickly than with a little knife when making spoons. I am not sure what is the difference between a curved knife and a straight one, and would love advice about what sort would be suitable for this sort of work. I will be using it to remove wood from seasoned timber and also from green wood. Thankyou.

  • #2
    I have a 5 inch Flexcut draw knife that I have used for many years it has a slight curve. Works well with concave or convex surfaces. It is sharp, light weight and good for small projects. Flexcut also makes a 3inch. I use a larger 10 inch for larger jobs.


    • #3
      I bought a 5" Flexcut years ago up at Smokey Mountain Woodcarvers. Paid $39.95 for it . Even with all the canes and bark skinning I've done I think I've only used it once.


      • #4
        Most of the smaller draw knives useful for carving roughouts are 8" edges and shorter.
        Most of those prices are $50.00 and less. I have a used Stubai which was $35.00.
        Many spoon carvers do the rough-out work with a small camp hatchet, even to holding it by the head.
        Some bladesmiths (eg Karlsson) make a specific "carving axe."

        Curved = aka crooked, knives come in dozens of different bends. Very much a matter of personal preference.
        Things to look at:

        Mora Frost #162, #163 and #164 are sometimes just called "spoon knives" Other blade smiths, too.

        With a little bench work, you can convert a farrier's curved hoof knife into a wonderful crooked carving knife.
        Mora #171, Diamond #271, Hall, Ukal and many others.

        There are a few very good bladesmiths in the Pacific Northwest. They make First Nations style crooked carving blades
        which are economica to haft into handles of your own making (not tricky at all).
        This is one example, they make a wide variety of very good blades.

        Brian T


        • #5
          You might also consider a small (9 inch) bandsaw. You draw the outline of the spoon on the piece of wood, then cut around the line with the bandsaw. If you have a curved profile, tape the cut offf pieces back on the spoon blank with masking tape, then cut the profile out.

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          • #6
            I've had a Flexcut drawknife for? years, not something I use often, but nice to have it.
            . . .JoeB


            • #7
              Suppose you needed to peel off some bark. A log, a stick/branch, a bunch of paleo arrow shaftings.
              I needed to round off a couple of 5" x 5" posts into poles for story carvings.
              Otherwise, even for me, it just sits there. Adzes and knives are the next tools to use.

              I did carve a lot of spoons and forks at one time. A table saw and/or a bench-top band saw were ideal for cutting blanks.
              But there is a style of spoon carving which is done with a carving axe, a straight knife and a curved 'spoon' knife.
              They could use a draw knife but I never see or hear of that being a part of the technique.
              Brian T