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★ ★ ★ ★ ★Small but a hard worker
Even though you review the tool description and realize this is not a full size drawknife, it still came as a little bit of a surprise how petite this tool actually is. That said, as long as you're not de-barking big logs all day, this tool should do everything you need a quality drawknife to do. From preparing green wood for the pole lathe, rough shaping a spindle or carving a canoe paddle, this little guy does is all.
The handles are beautiful and attached directly to the steel in such a way that you should never have one come off in your hand like some cheaper knives out there. The steel blade is perfectly shaped and with the help of the great people of Woodsmith, sharpened to a razor edge. This knife in my experience cuts best with the bevel down and feels very natural while cutting.
Don't waste your money on eBay buying some old piece of junk that may or may not even have any temper left. This one will be around to give to your kids and probably even your grand children. This is not my first Ray Iles tool and you can't go wrong with this kind of quality. Enjoy.