|Review by Lee A. Jesberger||posted 03-04-2008 06:11 AM||5293 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I’ve been using these chisels, available in 5/8” and 3/4”, for about ten years I guess. I purchased them from Japan Woodworkers website. http://www.japanwoodworker.com
These chisels are incredibly useful, but also somewhat dangerous to us western woodworkers. The way in which we tend to handle chisels leads to cut thumbs, as both sides are razor sharp. It took me a while to get used to that fact.
They are designed to be used in carving back rounds smooth, or to clean glue out of corners, (although I don’t use them for that). I find them to be very handy for a number of cutting and paring tasks.
This is the write up in the Japan Woodworkers Catalog.
Namazori Chisels (Spear Chisel) are small versions of the ancient Japanese tool used for planing. Today they are used by wood carvers for shaving flat surfaces, trimming grooves and working into corners impossible to with conventional style carving tools.
Miki City Master of Blacksmiths, Takahashi, has agreed to manufacture Professional Grade Wood Carving Tools for us. These tools are hand forged from the finest quality Shirogami Hagane (Japanese white steel). Careful supervision is maintained throughout the over twenty separate steps required to complete each tool. Particular attention is taken to ensure each tool is individually tempered to Rockwell c64°. The inside of the blade is finely finished by hand to give a sharper, longer lasting edge. The handles are made from Akagashi (Japanese Red Oak) and are slightly rounded at the top for comfortable hand use. A tapered ferrule enables the handle to withstand blows from heavy mallets. Takahashi wood carving tools come razor sharp with a well polished bevel. The overall length is 10? and blade length is 2¼?.
As I recall they are about $ 50.00 each, but I feel they’re well worth the money. They hold an edge extremely well, and come razor sharp. I’ve not even had to hone them yet.