Bowyer's edge, bowscraper or....

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June 28th, 2006, 5:57 pm #1

I'm looking to buy a good scraping tool and i'm hoping you guys could help me get the best deal. What do you think of the Bowyer's Edge or Dick Baugh's bowscraper
the bowyers' edge is $50 and the bowscraper is $25. What tools do you use instead? My meat clever scraper is really wearing on my thumb. Garrett
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June 28th, 2006, 6:07 pm #2

Garret, I just bought a paint scraper for five bucks. It has a wood handle, and a reversible blade. Ground off the corners. Works great.

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June 28th, 2006, 6:56 pm #3

I use the "Mystic Longbows" scraper I got at 3Rivers. Works pretty well and never loses its edge. And if I was attacked in my basement by a bow hating maniac, it's nicely balanced and would be a great throwing weapon.
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June 28th, 2006, 7:13 pm #4

I use my drawknife as a scraper, holding it nearly straight up and down bearing down when necessary. I'm too cheap to buy a tool for one use.....
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June 28th, 2006, 7:56 pm #5

A spokeshave works well, too. Harbor Freight has a set, one round base and one flat base, on sale for 8.99. They're made in India, but the set I received aren't bad tools. They also give me more control around my flatbow handles than the bowscraper. I have no experience with a bowyer's edge. If you're interested, here's the link.

da.harborfreight.com/cpis...&Submit=Go

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June 28th, 2006, 10:40 pm #6

I use my draw knife straight up too, but a also use the edge of a chisle shaft that is a sharp right angle holding the handle and sharp end in my hands and scraping like a draw knife. I have good control with it. I am in the process of trying to buy just a straight piece of 1/2x 1/2 or 1/4 x 1/4 stainless steel about 16" long with sharp right angles and pretty hard, that I could put my own handles on.
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June 28th, 2006, 11:08 pm #7

I'm attracted to those harbor freight spoke shaves. They are just so CHEAP. thanks guysGarrett
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June 29th, 2006, 5:19 am #8

I love my Bowyers Edge!
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June 29th, 2006, 12:27 pm #9

There's a great deal of difference between a spoke shave, bowyers edge and cabinet scraper. Of the three, the cabinet scraper is the cheapest and by far the most versatile. I could not bowyer without my straight and curved scrapers. I use the BE more, but not nearly as frequently. I use a spoke shave very little.
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June 30th, 2006, 10:53 am #10

Is this the "Mystic Longbows" tool?

www.3riversarchery.com/Li...p?offset=5

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June 30th, 2006, 11:16 am #11

Mystik Scraper all the way.

I also use Sandvik cabinet scrapers and they work fine.

the bowyer's edge is a good toool but I haven't got the hang of it yet. it skips and chatters on the wood.
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June 30th, 2006, 12:23 pm #12

Adjust it to take less bite Jonathon, like a thickness of freezer paper. I use my bandsaw table and try to have the paper on one side of the heel, to have an angled depth setting. Then you can work one side or the other of the blade to get the thickness you want. Obviously thoroughly sharp as per the instructions helps too. When sharp and adjusted you can cut culls the entire lenght of the limb. Generally use mine to hog off rasping marks during floor tiller. Usually go to straight scraper once I put the rasp away.
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July 1st, 2006, 1:37 am #13

I like my bowyers edge a lot. Wasn't sure if it was worth it before I got it, but after I did i like it a lot. I use all the tools and a 49 and 50 files too. As with all things , each tool has it's pluses
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July 1st, 2006, 1:52 am #14

I use a Swedish drawknife or push knife as a scraper. I believe 3 Rivers sells them. I just don't like cabinet scrapers. Jawgehttp://mysite.verizon.net/georgeandjoni
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July 1st, 2006, 2:12 am #15

Jawge, is that the little red strait handled drawknive?
www.3riversarchery.com/Product.asp?c=6& ... 167&i=6324 It has a nice look to itGarrett
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July 1st, 2006, 5:30 pm #16

I tried one of the bowscrapers Dick Baugh made on osage and was very impressed. I also have a bowyers edge and it also works well when properly sharpened and set up like David said.
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July 2nd, 2006, 8:11 am #17

I'm with Jawge and Sonny.

A long time ago, my dad gave me a bunch a draw knives that he got for a song at a flea market. They all had some kind of defect like broken handles, etc. One day I was using my flat cabinet scraper and my hands became sore like they always did. I thought about using my normal drawknife, but I didn't want to ruin it's edge and it has a curved blade anyway. Then I stared at the pile of defective drawknives and the light bulb went on in my head. I took one with a straight blade and scraped the belly on my stave. What a huge difference!!! I could actually bear down on it a bit without getting cramped hands. And it removed a bit more wood as well. The wooden handles flopped around on this thing, but it didn't matter at all due to the angle that I was holding it. No more cabinet scapers during final tillering for me!!!

Still use the gooseneck for nooks and crannies, though.

If you can find a cheap drawknife at a flea market with a straight blade, I would say that is your ticket. If you can't, then I would get one of the tools you mentioned. But this is coming from a cheap SOB. I didn't get into this hobby to spend a lot of money.

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July 2nd, 2006, 12:33 pm #18

I made this a few years ago. It works quite well. I also use my drawknife as a scraper

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August 4th, 2008, 6:46 pm #19

I was reading the archive at the same time I was reading the current primitive archery board. I replied here thinking I was on the current board. For some reason I can't delete my post.
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