Kama Nomi are used to clean-up the corners of mortises, dovetails and other joints. Shoji Chisels are used by the Shoji maker for cleaning out the mortises associated with the building of Japanese sliding screens, doors and windows. Furniture and cabinet makers will also find them useful for small mortise work. The blades are made by Mr. Matsumura from high carbon tool steel. The handles are best quality Japanese Red Oak. Blade lengths are approximately 4" and overall length is 9-1/4".
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.