Japanese kanna wrap - plane iron protection.

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Japanese plane wrap
plane iron protection

Since I like to sharpen my Japanese planes really well, the fact they are stored in the toolbox and I like to keep the blade out ready for use, I decided to make some protectors for the irons while stored.

1. Planes all wrapped up.
2. A piece of leather.
3. Cut to shape and make a hole.
4. Add a leather string.
5. Also protects the planes from each other.
6. And looks beautiful too I think.

(I know leather is not wood, so no one need to remind me).

I hope this could be to some inspiration, perhaps even protection of some plane irons.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 778 days ago

Leather is, like, animal wood ;)
At least to me! :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#2 posted 778 days ago

Nicely put Thomas ! Couldn’t say it better

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#3 posted 778 days ago

Very simple idea. Simple is good.

Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 778 days ago

Great job, my friend!! They look like originals produced in Tokyo. You have captured the Japanese way!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 778 days ago

So nice Mads

Gives it total CLASS

Perhaps you could help me with how to make

a Kanna?

I have this blade

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 778 days ago

Oh yea. I know when you open the lid on that box, breath in, and smell that mm mmm leather. Gr8 idea for protection

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 778 days ago

They look nice and cozy in those wraps Mads.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 778 days ago

What type of leather did you use?
I have seen some leather called “acid tanned” that can cause metal to rust.
I believe there is also “oil tanned” that is supposed to be safe for metal.
At least that is what I remember from my father who was a saddle maker.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 778 days ago

Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 778 days ago

Hello Mafe

A nice idea

I agree with thomas !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 778 days ago

A great idea Mads. Leather and woodworking tools seem like natural partners to me (together with bandages and disinfectant in my case).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 778 days ago

Cool idea and looks great. I have enjoyed your sheath making for your knifes as well from past blogs. The color of this leather looks really well matched with the whole layout of the tools and wood.

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#13 posted 778 days ago

Just enhances the oriental philosophy of wood working.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 778 days ago

Acid tanned leather=urea, Veg tanned=tannic acid, chrome tanned=chromic acid, oil tanned=veg tanned+animal oil.
Takes some type of acid to “set” the lipid fibers in a hide.
Chrome or oil tans seem to collect “less” moisture. (Less open fibers to absorb water)
Veg tans readily accept water to facilitate tooling or stamping.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#15 posted 777 days ago

Thank you ksSlim! I am sure I remember dad talking of a purely oil set OR tanned hide. You have added to our knowledge!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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