Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hey guys what do you personally use to remove factory vanish from a handle? Spoke Shave seems to be the most efficient however are expensive and need to be set up correctly to take off just what you need; somebody mentioned they aren't as easy to operate as it seems.. Cabinet/wood Scraper's seem to do a good job but what do you look for in a good scraper? There are so many makers and all with different price points to me they all look like a piece of square metal? Also another factor is having to buy a burnisher to go with it. Sand paper is the most affordable and readily available. Can you achieve the same results with a bit of elbow grease? Other than the obvious downside of going through a lot of paper often the varnish can seep deep into the wood meaning a fair bit of work to be done. I was looking at getting a Cabinet scrapper as it seems to be easy enough to function and can also work to shape the shoulder when hanging as well as stripping the varnish; What makes a good scraper then? I am clueless when it comes to choosing something like this. I know you can make them and a lot of you guys do but I would rather purchase my first scraper and make the next one. I have seen scrapers that cost $5 and others that cost $25 made form the same country and supposedly the same type of steel - is the quality really in the price tag or are they all much the same thing? Same goes for Burnishers I see some for $20 and some for $75.. At these prices might as well get a spoke shave and learn how to do it properly. So what do you guys use?