Thursday, October 3, 2013

7 Minutes

You may have heard me mention the "Drawsharp" or perhaps even seen it over at Jameels blog at Benchcrafted. It is so close to being ready for sale that I thought I'd start to let you in on what all the fuss is about. Basically, the Drawsharp is a tool that allows you to sharpen drawknives exactly where it counts, at the edge and avoid all the hassle usually associated with tuning these tools. Plus, it is perfectly repeatable and easy to use.
Below is a drawknife that I recently bought.

The edge is somewhat ragged and dull.

You can see the results using it to cut the endgrain of a piece of pine below.
So I decided to time how long it would take me to get this thing sharp.  This is the same piece of pine after 7 minutes of working the drawknife with the Drawsharp.

I think you can see why I am so excited that this tool will be available soon. Here is the honed edge.

There were some knicks still in the edge so I decided to go back to work with the Drawsharp and 6 minutes later, I cut this surface.
 Click on the photo to see it large and up close.
There are still small knicks, but as you can see, the endgrain is clear as can be and super smooth. This knife is ready for work and with a bit more effort, will be knick free.
Of course, not every drawknife will be so ready for honing. Some out there will need more attention than others, but there is no more need to flatten the back of the blade and the need for grinding is nearly eliminated.
There will be a series of videos explaining how this works and talking about getting the most out of your drawknives coming along soon. We hope to have these available at Woodworking in America in a few weeks and then through my website and soon after.


hickeymad said...

Looking forward to it! I've got three old hunks of steel waiting to be resurrected!

Bern said...

Very exciting stuff Pete!
Saw it on the benchcrafted site this morning and it sure look pretty.

John said...

Put me down for an order! Saw the pics on Benchcrafted. It's a beauty!

Anonymous said...


Since I first saw this when visiting Jameel right after Handworks I have been waiting, nit necessarily patiently, to get my hands on the tool. Now it is within reach, and I am delighted to add it to my Gragg chair-making kit as it will improve and speed my workmanship.

Thanks for thinking outside the box

Don Williams

Peter Galbert said...

Thanks everyone! When I brought the idea to Jameel, I knew that he was one to get things done right, but I had no idea how beautiful he would make it. Hopefully I can drag him into more of my nutty ideas!

Konrad said...

Good morning Peter,

Looking forward to meeting you at WIA and I will be in line for one of these as well.

Always enjoy reading your blog.

Unknown said...

Just took a look at the drawsharp on Jameel's blog. It is beautiful. Compared to the functioning prototype you started with this just really makes it even that much more awesome. You two really have a refined tool on your hands.

Can't wait to get my hands on one at WIA!

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Shannon said...

I'm in, makes you wonder why no one has done something like this before. Thanks for realizing this and I'm looking forward to finally meeting you at WIA.