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Project by Frank Boer posted 01-29-2011 05:46 PM 3882 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

9mm
18mm
36mm
48mm

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)

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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.)
Tasai Akio

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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





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Frank Boer

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 06:03 PM

Share join opinions please :-)

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 06:09 PM

You missed some of the drool on the inside of the case. That is a really nice set of chisels.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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RonPeters

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 06:16 PM

How much is ‘expensive’ for a good tool? Nice set.

Do they also make gouges?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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jeepturner

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 06:24 PM

Those are some nice tools, but it makes me want to respectfully ask a question.
Is buying a tool a complete project?

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 07:07 PM

Those are beauties, such attention to fine details in fabrication; loving the box too
Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post it for those interested to see

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 07:28 PM

I’m a big fan of pattern welded steel. the pattern variations seem to be endless very organic looking.one of my main concerns was as a knife maker strength! upon close Inspection I see the solid tip welded to the pattern steel. I also see you have various grades of sanding stones. there Is a art to defining a razor sharp edge as the art of creating a great! tool. what are the metal bands made of ? are they full tang? I noticed the backs appear to be fluted? what do you condition your tools with to keep from rusting from sweat, salt and amino acids? thanks! for sharing! glad to learn more about Japanese culture.

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Frank Boer

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 07:50 PM

@jeepturner:
To asnwer yout question I refer to twokidsnosleep’s comment:

“Those are beauties, such attention to fine details in fabrication; loving the box too Thanks for taking the time to photograph and post it for those interested to see.”

;-)

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 07:57 PM

@B13:

I love Mokume gane (wood-pattern steel) like you, that’s why I ordered from Tasai because Tasai’s patterns as the most beautiful to me.
The the ferrules are soft steel/iron I think I’m not sure.
The ‘flutes’ are to make the job of honing easier and quicker, you see Japanese chisels are very hard.
Flattening and honing the back would take forever is it was all hard steel.
I use the traditional Camila oil to respectfully keep these works of art rust free.

-- Frank Boer, Holland

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 08:57 PM

@ Frank

I too like seeing the new tools but I think what jeepturner was getting at is that this may have been better posted as an forum item in the “Woodworking Tools, Hardware and Accessories” forum or as a Tool Review or even as a Blog entry rather than as a project.

Just MHO and in the overall scheme of life, what does it really matter where you post things?

You do beautiful work and these are beautiful tools. Buying tools just doesn’t seem like a project.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 09:52 PM

Great! ” handmade” functional art made with wood. thanks!

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 03:12 PM

Konichi-wa, Frank-san.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, and when it is as highly useful as these are, that’s gilding the lily. Ichi-ban set.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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BigTiny

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 03:14 PM

On the “where does it belong” question, aren’t tool gloats traditional here?

Just asking…

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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FumblesWithTools

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#13 posted 01-30-2011 07:44 PM

I have just drooled on my keyboard (and the cat, who insists on helping me browse).

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 03:16 PM

Wow !!! I am ultra envious of these chisels.
And tha Japan-tool website should have some kind of health / bank balance warning…..

-- Ollie, UK.

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 09:25 PM

Very nice! I love the wood-pattern steel!

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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