Draw Knife

The Tormek SVM-140 knife jig works well to hold this.

CB's USB Projection Calculator is recommended for calculating setup for Tormek knife jigs. (The simpler Projection Calculator is also still available.)

General Guidelines
Type Front Bevel Back Bevel Notes
Bevel Down 28°
The typical recommendation is 15-20° for Front Bevel, but the very accomplished chairmaker, Curtis Buchanan, recommends this angle. Curtis is far more accomplished than I, so I'm going with his recommendation. (His sharpening approach is shown in the video below.)
Bevel Up 25°
+2° to +5°
The typical back bevel recommendation is 2-5°, but I'm going with Curtis Buchanan's recommendation again.

Notes & Comments

Good videos showing the use of the Tormek Knife Jigs (SVM-45, SVM-100 {no longer sold}, SVM-140, and SVM-00) are below.

Tormek Live Sharpening Class - Part 4 - Carving Knife & Carving Tools

Wolfgang and Sèbastian from Tormek go through the sharpening of carving knives and various carving tools such as v-tools, carving gouges and short wood chisels.

  • At about 1:03:00, there is a good discussion about sharpening draw knives.
Sharpening a Drawknife with Curtis Buchanan - Part 1 (There is a 2d part which should also be watched.)
Jeff Farris - Knife Sharpening with Tormek
Steve Bottorff - Using Tormek Knife Jigs
Tormek Knife Jig SVM-45
Tormek Long Knife Jig SVM-140
Tormek Small Knife Holder SVM-00
Tormek AngleMaster WM-200
Herman Trivilino showing the use of a platform jig

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at SharpeningHandbook@Gmail.com.