These Dovetail Chisels are made for working in hardwoods with angles less than 90 degrees, such as dovetails. A 45 degree angle on the chisel blade's side makes it easier to cut into tight spots. Made individually, the chisels are hand-forged laminations of the finest high-carbon Aogami Hagane (blue steel) and soft iron, tempered to Rc64 over charcoal in the traditional manner. Handles are made of the finest quality Japanese White Oak and double hooped for hard use. Overall length is 8-1/4" with a blade width of 2-1/2". The 5pc set comes in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", and 1". The set is shipped in an autographed Kiri
wood box, sharpened, with instructions how-to sharpen.
The Matsumura Family has been producing woodworking chisels for well over 200 years. Mr. Shigezo Matsumura began his apprenticeship at the age of 15 and exhibited such skill that by the age of 25 he was able to open his own workshop. For over 60 years, first as an apprentice and now as a true Master of Blacksmiths, Mr. Matsumura has made chisels one at a time in the old tradition, preferring to use charcoal instead of gas in the forging and tempering process, because of its 'sof heat,' and only the finest white and blue steels for the cutting edges, which are laminated to wrought iron for strength. All cutting edges are tempered to Rc64 and sharpened for immediate use. Note: Mr. Matsumura operates a one-man shop and personally makes each tool, with occasional assist from his wife.