I prefer antique drawknives. Many of them have thin blades allowing them to be used in tight concave curves, such as those found under Windsor chair seats. Handles were designed to fit the hand comfortably. The craftsmanship is often amazing, with beautiful curves and laminated steel blades.
Seth Elliott and I buy the best old drawknives we can find, then clean, tune and sharpen them. We hollow-grind the backs and bevels to make future sharpening easier. Handles are bent for comfortable bevel-down use (see sidebar for more info). They come sharp and ready to use.
LAKESIDE 8″ DRAWKNIFE
A solid tool steel blade, straight in both planes. It has red painted handles that have worn and chipped in a manner I find quite attractive. We have shellaced them to prevent further chipping. Has some cosmetic tarnishing. Montgomery Ward had a line of tools call ‘Lakeside’ so maybe this was sold by them. Click on photo to view more images.