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I'm excited. I just talked to the local blacksmith and requested a new drawknife. Now that I've used an inappropriate one with my slapped together shave horse for about a year on and off I understand a lot of the reasons for the different designs.

I gave him the measurements for something very close to this one: https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/barrchairmakersdrawknife.aspx


It seems to be a pretty versatile design. I may get him to make more specialized drawknives and maybe a scorp in the future.
 
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How exciting! I’m equally impressed that you have a local blacksmith. I’m wondering what the Japanese equivalent of a draw knife is? There must be one or maybe two tools that perform the same function that are of Japanese heritage. The reason I’m wondering, is the Japanese often take an imported idea and make something even better; Noodles to Ramen, Bread Crumbs to Panko, Wonton to Gyoza . . . Although I’m not too sure, but I wonder what prompted the idea of Okonomiyaki? Hmmm . . . I guess I have Japanese food on my mind this morning. Anyhoo . . . Really looking forward to seeing what comes back from the workshop.
 
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Thanks for being excited with me Edward!

The Japanese equivalent of a draw knife is called a "sen". In kanji it's 銑.

There are some listed for sale here
https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/closedsearch/closedsearch/%E5%A4%A7%E5%B7%A5%E9%81%93%E5%85%B7%20%E9%8A%91/0/

The blacksmith specializes in agricultural implements, but he's pretty versatile.

He gives me a very reasonable price for the tools I've had him forge so far.
 
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I have two different drawknives that were garage sale finds. Each was in poor shape and needed re-handling, so I turned my own handles out of a piece of birch firewood. I use one of them on a near-daily basis. It is very similar to the one you linked to and it has become like a friend to me. Occasionally, I pick up the other one and try using it but it feels completely unwieldy to me and I absolutely cannot accomplish anything.
I'm familiar with the concept of using "The right tool for the job", but I wasn't aware of there being a right tool for the user. What a difference it can make.
 
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