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noun, plural draw·knives. Carpentry.
  1. a knife with a handle at each end at right angles to the blade, used by drawing over a surface.
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Origin of drawknife

First recorded in 1630–40; draw + knife
Also called drawing knife, drawshave.
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Examples from the Web for drawknife

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • On the day of the first snow Dick Goodine walked over to Rayton's farm to borrow a drawknife.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery

    Theodore Goodridge Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for drawknife



noun plural -knives or -shaves
  1. a woodcutting tool with two handles at right angles to the blade, used to shave woodUS name: spokeshave
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