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Blog entry by Junji posted 04-28-2009 02:45 AM 3531 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t have good chisel, and was looking for a secondhand set at “Yahoo Japan Auction”, just like “ebay”. And found this and won it.

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9 chisels set from 3mm to 36mm, (0.1 inch to 1.4 inch) the guy said it was used by a professional carpenter, and yes, as far as I used it, they are good. (the point is I have never used good chisels before)

In Japanese chisels, planers or other hand tools, good one has the name of the maker, just like this.

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I don’t know which name is famous or good at all, so doesn’t mean much, but at least better than “no name” ones.

The most “good” part of this was the way it was sharpen. I think they were sharpen by the original owner or the seller, he said he is a carpenter too, but they cut! I have never been able to sharpen mine that sharp with waterstones. They are just like razors, you can shave your hair of your arm. Now I am so much sure that I have lots and lots to learn about sharpening.

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I think it’s really worth 5000 yen ($50) to spend, and good start of chisel set.
If anybody interested, you can click here. ””Yahoo auction category Chisels.
But you have to read Japanese!!! Ha ha!

No,no. If you really are interested, I can help you reading it.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/



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tenontim

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 02:56 AM

Good buy, Junji. I have a set of used Japanese mortise chisels and I’m happy with them. I think some of them are older than I am.

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kiwi1969

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 03:17 AM

$50!! thats a bargain. congratulations.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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Junji

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 03:18 AM

Tim,
Older than you! Wow, that’s great.
so how do you keep them sharp? Using waterstones?

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 03:19 AM

kiwi1969,
Yes, I think it was a good price. I was lucky.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Francisco Luna

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 03:40 AM

Wow, what a beautiful set! there is no need of names to know about GOOD quality of these outstanding chiselS!
Love the firmer ones (5th and 6th), enjoy them!
This is an stupid question: Is the Japanese Yahoo in Japanese? I would like to take a look there but no sure if I can “read!.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Junji

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 05:47 AM

Moai,
There is Yahoo Japan auctions English version, but not many sellers are auctioning there. So you must go to the Japanese site and take a look with the photos, and maybe use net translators, like this one.
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/
And if you don’t still get the meaning, I can help. Just ask me.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 07:58 PM

You got a bargain!

I’ve seen chisels similar, $50 for one.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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tenontim

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#8 posted 04-28-2009 11:02 PM

Junji, yes I use water stones. I will usually touch them up if I need to with a buffing wheel. It’s been a long time since my chisels were sharpened with any kind of angle gauge. The backs of most have a slight roundness to them, which I just leave and continue to sharpen by hand, the same way they were sharpened for years. Since they’re mortise chisels, they work fine like that.

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Junji

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 03:41 AM

Dick, & Barb,
Yes, that is actually right. Sometimes brand new one costs more.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 03:45 AM

Tim, so I guess what I need the most is the experience and learning it more with my own hand. It takes time anyway.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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dan_fash

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#11 posted 04-30-2009 11:01 AM

Junji, can you help me translate this page please

http://page11.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n75904510

Thanks, Dan

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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Junji

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#12 posted 04-30-2009 12:46 PM

dan,
I sent you a private message with the translation of the page.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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