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Japanese Whetstones (Whet meaning sharpen a blade) are used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements.

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Woodcarving is a traditional art and craft which has seen a considerable body of fine work produced with instruments which have changed little over the past three centuries, and in many cases, over the past millennium.

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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. 

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