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2" Paring Chisel - Matsumura

Item #156268


Product Information:

Former Product Id: 14.309.51

These delicate, finely made paring chisels are used by traditional Japanese woodworkers to trim intricate joints to finished dimension. Hand-forged from the finest quality white steel, the paring chisels are laminated to wrought iron for strength, individually tempered to Rc64, and finished off with finest quality Akagashi (Japanese Red Oak) 'push' style handles. Each chisel is razor-sharp and ready to use. Average overall length is 14" with a blade length of 3-1/2".

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.
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