I've been using card scrapers to help shape and fine-tune my handles for quite some time now thanks to my good friend Matthew Justice.
They're easier to use than say a spokeshave or hand plane and require much less maintenance.
Plus, using a card scraper allows you to take a more controlled amount of material off of your handle so you catch your mistakes before they become a problem - whereas using a spokeshave or a draw knife can lead to digging too far into the handle and removing far too much material.
Removing a lot of material is totally fine in the beginning stages of shaping your handle but when you get to the finishing touches you want something with a little more precision.
This is a set of 3 shapes of card (sometimes referred to as cabinet) scrapers so you'll have exactly the right scraper you need when you need it.
From time to time you'll need to sharpen your scrapers to get the most out of them but that's not a hard task at all and the 2nd video below goes into that a bit more for you.
You will be able to use these right out of the gate as they already come pretty sharp but to continue to get the best performance out of them they will need to be sharpened every now and again.
- Made in the USA from 0.032" (0.81mm) Thick American Blue Spring Steel
- Card scraper edge will last longer in hard wood with a High Carbon Steel, 50 C Rockwell
- Burnisher is NOT included and recommended for best scraping performance
- Scrapers need sharpening before use
- Laser Engraved with Whiskey River Logo on front and DFM Toolworks on the back.
i had a pile of tiny pigtail shaving at my feet after going to work on a framing hammer handle, made quick clean work of it and left a nice finish and gave great control to perfect handles like no other tool can do, you really feel the wood being shaved off with each pass, very nice set will be my new go to when working handles
The card scraper is one of those things you don't know you need until you have it. Then its hard to live without. It is amazing for taking off unwanted varnish for one.. saving you a ton of gummed up sandpaper! It works great for smoothing down file or rasp marks as well! I absolutely love the set! I highly recommend giving it a shot!
Great tools. Haven't gotten many hours yet, but work great.
The card scrapers work great. Put off getting a set for too long. They do a fine job of finishing handles.