|Ray Iles Draw Knife|
I thought I wanted to get a new one but didn't really want to spend as much as some were. I was also concerned about buying a no-name that ended up being a draw knife shaped object. Finally I stumbled upon this one from Ray Iles at Tools for Working Wood. This is the small draw knife with a 6" edge and beech handles. Very reasonable price. I figured I'd give it a try since TFWW will make sure you are satisfied with whatever you buy from them. Well worth it.
Here's a couple of things I learned in the week I've been experimenting with this tool.
- Another person's advice on a draw knife is nearly useless to you. It is a very personal tool and what works for them won't necessarily work for you.
- You will figure out if you like to use it bevel up or down as you gain some time with it, currently I'm partial to this one bevel down.
- A 6" up to about 9" is probably all you want for edge length if you aren't shaving bark off trees or building a log home. I had a 12" vintage one, this smaller one is much nicer in the shop.
- Can't really speak to curved or straight, but straight was easy to sharpen well.
- I like the handles on this one, the rounded ends nestle in the palm nicely for me. Can't say how they will be for you.