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Blog entry by jacobRM posted 963 days ago 1727 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow woodies

iam new to all this blog/post thing so bare with me.

i have recently bought ( not yet received ) 4 Kanna from a guy in australia.

my big Q is does anyone know the makers of these kanna?

These planes have not been sharpened and not adjusted.

From left

KITANIHON Blade width 56mm.?Body size 242mm x 70mm x 32mm.

KAKURI Blade width 60mm.?Body size 259mm x 75mm x 33mm.

KIZASHI Blade width 59mm.?Body size 260mm x 75mm x 34mm.

KOSADO Blade width 56mm.?Body size 242mm x 70mm x 32mm

-- Cabinetmakers apprentice at PPmøbler Denmark



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Bertha

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#1 posted 963 days ago

Mafe did a short piece on the Japanese planes. It was really good. I would expect a fair amount of tinkering to get them to your liking. They are really nice.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jacobRM

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#2 posted 963 days ago

Hi Bertha.
yes i have already read n faved Mafes post, iam am danish just like he is, and actually he’s the reason i signed up here, i googled Kanna setup and i linked me to his post :)

i was wondering if anybody knew the makers of these planes, cant seem to find anything on google :)

thanks

Jacob

-- Cabinetmakers apprentice at PPmøbler Denmark

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Bertha

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#3 posted 963 days ago

I can’t be of much help to you regarding the maker. There’s a decent Japanese tool following here. The guys at Japan Woodworker might be able to give you a hand. Good luck with these nice planes;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jacobRM

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#4 posted 963 days ago

Again thank you very much, i will try to contact the guys on that site :)

-- Cabinetmakers apprentice at PPmøbler Denmark

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mafe

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#5 posted 963 days ago

Hi Jacob,
Welcome here!
Yes I can see we even live quite close, you will be welcome for a coffee.
I don’t know about the makers, but it looks like a wonderful bunch of planes.
I can see you visited my blog and you are welcome to write if you have questions.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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fissionchips

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#6 posted 957 days ago

Ah, so you were the lucky bidder ;) The seller has an amazing collection, and he has painstakingly restored all the tools he sells to full working condition, a real value added service.

As to the kanna makers, your best bet is to get someone to translate the characters on the blades, as these are your only clue. The seller has most likely given the brand name of each kanna, which may be the extent of what you can find out. The reason is that most mid-level kannas like these are produced in small forge/factories by a handful of blacksmiths, rather than by one artisan blacksmith.

I hope you get great enjoyment out of these! I’m new to the world of kanna(s?) as well, and have found a great wealth of info about them on the web – design, manufacturing, tuning, and use. I may collect the links into a blog post at some point.
Cheers,
FC

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#7 posted 957 days ago

Hi FC

Did u bid on these Kanna as well? :)

these are not set up for working condition, and thats actually why i bid on them so that i could learn ( maybe the hard way) to get them working and tune them up.
and again thats why i searched ebay for them too, i didn’t want to go spend several 100€ on a Kanna when not knowing what to do with it :)
maybe ill do that when i fully understand what to do n why it works.
my colleague is married to a japanese designer who owns a lot of japanese tools, i bet she knows something. he might know too as he has been working in japan as a cabinetmaker for some time before he was hired the place i am working now :)

i think you should make that blog post haha, i could use it ;)

thanks FC

regards jacob

-- Cabinetmakers apprentice at PPmøbler Denmark

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fissionchips

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#8 posted 957 days ago

I didn’t bid on those as I’m looking for more variety in kanna, but it’s a very nice set indeed. I’ve purchased other items from the same seller and am keen to receive them.

I had assumed your planes were tuned up as are others from that seller. He conditions the soles, sharpens the blades, and tests the cutting action on each plane I’ve seen. Of course there is still room for honing, final adjustment and personalization—part of the beauty of wooden planes.

Post if you find out more info, and I’ll see about getting some of those resources I mentioned together.
Cheers,
FC

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