Our Mokume Damascus Bench Chisels
are hand forged by master chisel maker Akio Tasai. Mokume or Mokume-dane is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Mokume translates to "wood grain metal" or "wood eye metal." He has developed a special high carbon blue steel which he feels is ideal for cutting North American hard woods such as walnut and maple. He forge welds this steel, which forms the cutting edge, to a backing made of multiple layers of hard and soft steel and twists the backing material to form the shank. Mr. Tasai then individually hand tempers each chisel to Rc65. The handles are best quality Japanese Red Oak. These chisels are made to stand up to the heaviest work in any wood. The set includes 10 chisels from 1/8" to 1-3/4" and is shipped in a signed wooden box.
Mr. Tasai began his apprentice at age 12 and now has over 48 years of experience as a master blacksmith. Tasai chisels are highly valued and demand often exceeds supply.