Whether you are looking at a copy of Agricola’s De Re Metallica or a skobel from the Mastermyr chest find, the drawknife is a common but useful tool found throughout Europe and the Americas. Its applications are varied, from finishing shingles to rounding up stock for turning to making spokes for carriages. One of the beauties of this tool is that it can still be found at antique outlets or boot sales and usually in good enough shape to be given a second chance to prove its worth. That said, like any useful tool, sooner or later, it’s going to need a proper and safe sharpening.
In this video, presented by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks (www.lie-nielsen.com) of Warren, Maine, Brian Boggs shows his method for tuning a drawknife using a diamond and wter stone and a leather strop. Pay attention to the safety tips and avoid doing this type work when you are tired. I can tell you from experience, a trip to the emergency room because you just ran the tip of your finger down eight inches of blade, is not the ideal way to spend a Saturday evening.