from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A knife with a handle at each end of the blade, used with a drawing motion to shave a surface.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as drawing-knife, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun see drawing knife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A joiner's tool having a blade with a handle at each end, used to shave off surfaces, by drawing it toward one; a shave; a drawshave.
  • noun A tool used for the purpose of making an incision along the path a saw is to follow, to prevent it from tearing the surface of the wood.
  • verb transitive To cut or shave with a drawknife.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woodworker's knife to shave surfaces


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  • These are the poems of a man with eyes like a drawknife, hands like a pickpocket's hands, woven of water and logic and hunger, with no strand of love in them.

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  • Reduce the stave to your outline with a drawknife, rasp, and file (making sure not to cut into the growth ring atop the back of the bow).

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  • Secure the stave in a vise and shave off the bark and sapwood with a drawknife to expose one unbroken summer growth ring along the back (bark side; photo B).

    Make a Homemade (and Deadly) Bow in Five Easy Steps 2004

  • If you've never done woodwork like this bow project, chances are you don't have a drawknife.

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  • DRYING AND SHAPING Pare the green stave with a hatchet and a drawknife so that it's slightly larger than the shape of your intended design.

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  • With heartwoods, you must shave off the bark and white sapwood with a drawknife to reach the darker, denser wood beneath.

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  • Other items found were a scissors-shaped candle snuffer used to trim wick, parts of a flintlock pistol, flatware, a coat button, an ornamental andiron, and a drawknife that may be part of a set of cooper's tools listed in a 1732 inventory of the Madisons 'property.

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  • A carving horse where the grandfather had been when they came into the yard held a split billet of ash he had been working with a drawknife.

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  • The curve of the legs can be cut with a bracket saw or a drawknife, care being taken to get the edges square and smooth.

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