This white steel chisel was rated #1 by Fine Woodworking Magazine, calling it "a marvelous performer." For over 200 years the Matsumura family has had the reputation for supplying only the best quality chisels. The current Matsumura began over 50 years ago to follow in the footsteps of his father. He continues to live and work at the family home located in the small mountain village of Yoiita. Mr. Matsumura personally fashions each chisel from start to finish. Best quality "white" steel is forge welded by hand to wrought iron, and is carefully tempered to Rockwell c64 to produce a hard cutting edge with a durable core. The blades and shanks are finished in the traditional unpolished manner. Each chisel is fully sharpened and a best quality hand-turned, double hooped Akagashi (Japanese Red Oak) handle is fitted. Complete instructions for care and sharpening are included. Overall length is 9" and blade length is 2¬".