A drawknife's primary use is in the rough shaping of green wood, such as in the making of chair parts or tool handles. It is also quite efficient for removing bark from logs sawn into planks. Usually a shaving horse holds the workpiece, a large vice makes a good alternative. This drawknife takes its inspiration from a design from the mid 1800s, the original made by the famous and much collected maker, T.H Witherby of Massachusetts. A water jet cuts the blank from O-1 tool steel; this method preserves the properties of the metal. The drawknife has a 175mm x 32mm blade, hardened to HRC 60-62, with the back relief-milled for ease of sharpening. The overall length is 390mm and a width of 155mm from the blade back to the tips of the handles. Stainless steel nuts and ferrules secure the smooth polished Maple handles. The drawknives are available in two different styles. One has a slightly curved blade (like the original), the other a straight bladed version. Both supplied with a thick leather sheath.