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Blog entry by asiago posted 04-09-2015 06:44 PM 1708 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny how I thought it’d take another week or so, but it actually showed up today! I had bought it on Amazon.com, from a seller in Japan, and figured they’d use the postal service (which they did), which usually takes 4-5 weeks to here from Japan.

(Full size image here: http://i.imgur.com/2KCwBix.jpg)

My keys and mobile phone pouch behind, for size comparison.

Looks really pretty. A bit bigger than I had imagined – when someone says ‘mini’ to me, I typically think of smaller than this. :) What wood is this made from?

Now, I simply need to learn how to adjust it, and the proper method of holding and using it. If I understand the diagram on the side correctly, I probably use a mallet to increase and decrease the cut depth. But, being my first kanna, I’ll scour the internet and my books first, before tapping this little guy with any kind of hammer.

I can’t wait to learn!



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Jim

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 07:00 PM

asiago – check out Sumokun’s YouTube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sumokun/videos

I found them quite helpful, but I’m a newbie to Japanese planes. Well…all planes really :).

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asiago

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 08:14 PM



asiago – check out Sumokun s YouTube videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sumokun/videos

I found them quite helpful, but I m a newbie to Japanese planes. Well…all planes really :).

- Jim

Sweet, thanks for the tip, I’ll check them out!

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Grumpymike

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#3 posted 04-09-2015 08:48 PM

The directions are right on the side …. Now all you have to do is learn to read Japanese … Listen for the loud Yuk.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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asiago

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#4 posted 04-09-2015 09:41 PM



The directions are right on the side …. Now all you have to do is learn to read Japanese … Listen for the loud Yuk.

- Grumpymike

I’ve managed to get some OCR working and translate some of it.. still working on the rest. Most of it is common-sense/self-explanatory..

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ruddhess

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#5 posted 04-09-2015 10:42 PM

Cool! Have you checked how sharp it is yet? :)

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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asiago

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#6 posted 04-09-2015 11:05 PM



Cool! Have you checked how sharp it is yet? :)

- ruddhess


Not yet! I had it shipped to work and don’t have any tools here with which to adjust/remove the cutter. I’m way too excited for the workday to end…

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ruddhess

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#7 posted 04-10-2015 03:21 AM

I have read that the wood most kanna are made from is a white oak (asian) – it is durable and less porous than American Red Oak. That is all I remember though. Not sure if that wood is the same white oak, but it looks like it could be.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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djwong

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#8 posted 04-10-2015 08:27 AM

You can use a steel hammer or wooden mallet to adjust the blade. A steel hammer may cause slight mushrooming of the top of the blade, but it will not effect performance. The first thing I would do is watch Sumokun’s videos as suggested, and sharpen both the blade and the chipbreaker.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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mafe

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#9 posted 04-11-2015 02:05 PM

Congrats, you have entered a dangerous path.
These Japanese planes gets you addicted, trust me. ;-)
I made a blog about setting up and tuning Japanese hand planes you might find useful:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/24608
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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asiago

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#10 posted 04-12-2015 04:10 PM

Thanks, Mads! I’ve read that blog post of yours a few times already, heh. But, it makes a lot more sense now that I’ve got a plane in my hands to learn with. I’m learning a lot from your posts.

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mafe

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#11 posted 04-12-2015 06:15 PM

Smiles.
Happy if it is useful, you are welcome to PM with questions, if you run into kanna walls. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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