Kiri hand drill
In my last blog I used a kiri and promised to make a post on this.
Quite some time ago I actually made the pictures for the blog so here it finally is.
It is a mix between info on the types, photos of mine and finally how to make a simple DIY Western version.
I have to warn you, you can get really sour hands using this tool until your hands are used to it.
Here you see the kiri’s I have in my tool box, a mix of new, old and self-made.
I can’t remember where I got this photo, but it shows the different types of Kiri.
Momi-giri means hand gimlets.
kiris from left: Mitsume-kiri, and has a head and three sides.
Used to make small deep holes, for screws or nails. Youtsume-kiri, Tapered holes for wood nails. Tsubo-giri, pot gimlet, for making holes for dowels and so. Nezumi-ba-kiri, mouse teeth gimlet, also good for dowel holes or deeper holes in general.
(Thank you Toshio Odate).
So to make your own simple kiri-mafe’san you need to make a handle.
I use some beech wood.
With a gauge I make it tapered.
And sand it for a smooth but not shiny surface, we still want some grip after.
Here we got two of them finished.
And my mafe is burned into the handle.
Now I take a standard drill bit and make the end two sided is it will get a grip.
Then drill a hole in the thick end of the handle fill it with epoxy glue and put the drill bit in with a gentle hard pressure so that the pointed end will cut into the handle.
On the picture you can see a hole made with this, it works just fine.
And here some of my kiri’s.
I think the new version blend in fine.
Originally they have a ferule hammered into the shaft.
Finally one in use.
Hope this can bring some inspiration to others that play with Japanese tools.
Best thoughts and a happy new year,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.