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1" Bachi Nomi - Matsumura

Item #156389


Product Information:

Former Product Id: 15.330.24

Butterfly chisels are the original shape of the Japanese chisels first made many centuries ago. Today these chisels are used for cutting and trimming butterfly mortises and dovetails, while many carvers find them useful as fishtail-style chisels. They are individually hand-forged from the finest white steel laminated to wrought iron, tempered to Rc64, and fitted with double hooped Japanese Red Oak handles for a lifetime of hard use. Overall length is 8-1/2", with a blade width of 2-1/2".

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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