|Project by Frank Boer||posted 01-29-2011 05:46 PM||4500 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
I just thought I’d share my pride and joy with my fellow LumberJocks who I take it have a deep passion for woodworking and great tools, like myself.
And as I hope many of you know there is nothing better than Japanese woodworking tools.
They are the absolute best in performance and beauty and are far more then ’just tools’
After drooling over the beautiful tools Akio Tasai and his son Michio craft with great skill and dedication, I decided to order a set for my very own.
After corresponding with So Yamashita at japan-tool.com (who is an connoisseur and expert on Japanese tools and natural stones in particular), I ordered a set of 4 custom slicks form the master blacksmith.
In world-famous ‘Mokume’ (wood-pattern)
The steel is very close to blue-paper steel.
And the handles are Makassar Ebony.
In a custom Kiri-wood box.
Calligraphy on box: (not pictured)
Mokume zukuri (Mokume made)
Betsu-uchi (Custom model) Usu Tsuki Kumi Nomi (Thin slick chisel set)
Tasai-saku (made by Tasai)
Inside the lid. (Kiri-wood box)
Tame Frank Boer dono (For Mr. Frank Boer. This writing is in the way how sword smiths used to engrave on the tang of the swords when the order was custom ordered by someone with higher rank. Akio-san must have learned this from Michio-san, because it’s quite unusually “formal” for tool smith to write in this manner.)
Heisei 22-nen (Japanese calendar, 2010) 8-gatsu (August) Kichijitsu (On a lucky day. Ancient lunar calendar has lucky to unlucky dates.)
Were they expensive? I hear you say…
Well, they weren’t cheap but upon laying eyes on them the first time the absolute craftsmanship of Tasai-san, the beauty and sharper than an razors edge I can honestly say they are worth every single penny!!
I am going to use them but only on clean wood and for the jobs that require the best of the best.
My western style chisels (Nooitgedagt) will be used for glue clean up and rough tasks.
These beauties will bring (even more) joy to my craft an woodworking career….
- Frank Peter Boer
-- Frank Boer, Holland