Our Tasai 4/4˝ Damascus Cabinetmaker's Mortise Chisel is hand forged by master chisel maker Akio Tasai.
What is special about Japanese tools that sets them apart from their western counterparts? Five qualities come to mind: tradition, tool design that offers centuries of tried and proven use, unmatched craftsmanship, the steel used, and, of course, the pure beauty of the tools.
How to sharpen the bevel on Japanese Chisels (and other blades). Demonstrated by Phil Fuentes and interviewed by Scott Phillips.
First step in chisel sharpening is to make sure that the back is flat. Scott Philips interviews Phil Fuentes on this process. Tools available at the Japan Woodworker website or at participating Woodcraft stores nationwide.
Each chisel is inspected prior to shipment to assure that it meets our own rigid standards. While each chisel is ground sharp by the maker, we can not guarantee each edge will be ground perfectly square and free of minor nicks. However, edges of this sort are few and far between.
When a new chisel with a hooped handle is received, quite often the hoop is loose. This is common to all Japanese chisels. The function of the hoop is solely to keep the handle from splitting.