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Galbert Drawsharp by Benchcrafted

Galbert Drawsharp by Benchcrafted

Galbert Drawsharp by Benchcrafted

The Galbert Drawsharp is a clever, yet simple tool for putting a consistent, repeatable razor-sharp edge on any drawknife. Traditionally, the way to hone a drawknife is by hand, holding the drawknife in one hand, and a stone in the other, a skill-intensive and somewhat dangerous task, especially for beginners. The Drawsharp instead let's you focus on getting a keen, consistently polished edge without having to concentrate on how you are presenting your stone to the edge, or worrying about cutting yourself.

With the Drawsharp, the cutting edge is facing away from your body and fingers, the honing action is parallel to the blade, and your fingers are safely behind the cutting edge at all times.

If you've shied away from using drawknives because of sharpening, the Drawsharp will open the door to this wonderful tool, whether you’re a chairmaker, or looking to add the drawknife to your furniture-making toolkit.

The drawknife spine rides on an acetal wear plate and two nylon bumpers which, along with the position of the two posts, determine the honing angle. One post for honing the knife's bevel, and the other for honing the back.

A clearly marked scale for each post allows you to record the setting for a particular drawknife, then return to that setting quickly for future honings.

Each post is fitted with a sleeve loaded with two abrasive pads: a fine diamond pad on one side, and a finer abrasive paper pad on the other. The diamond pad is used to bring up the initial burr, and the opposite side is used to polish the edge further. Each sleeve rides on its post via a Velcro loop bearing, so the sleeve can rotate to follow curved knives and stay in full contact with the edge.

The posts are adjusted by means of two large knurled nuts, allowing precise, incremental adjustments.

To hone the drawknife, hold it like a violin, then move the Drawsharp up and down the knife with your other hand. You can adjust your grip for your own comfort. You can hold the drawknife palm up or palm down. Whatever suits you best.

User instructions

Galbert Drawsharp by Benchcrafted
Code 328245CartPrice € 99.00
Refill kit for Galbert Drawsharp
Consists of 10 pads.
Code 328246CartPrice € 6.00
Rehab kit for Galbert Drawsharp
Consists of 2 sleeves and 2 each coarse and medium diamond pads.
Code 328247CartPrice € 39.00
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