LumberJocks

Japanese Chisel I.D Help

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by tyler posted 07-31-2015 12:22 AM 762 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View tyler's profile

tyler

44 posts in 636 days


07-31-2015 12:22 AM

Hey there everyone. So I stopped by a local antique shop today that I’ve been to a few times. Once in a while the guy will have a few decent things floating around. He doesn’t know to much about hand tools so I do most of the talking and explain what he has and tell him correct prices. However today he pulled a large canvas chisel roll from behind his counter and asked if I knew anything about japanese chisels. Not to much.. just that some can be very expensive. So we looked at them and I decided that they seemed pretty nice and not used very much. So I need help with the I.D of these things. Here’s some pictures. The darker handle is a gouge and I think there was 5-6 of each chisel and gouge. The sticker on the gouge reads “BEST” “MIKI INAOKA” The only thing on the chisels is No. 2000. Thanks to all that can help.


5 replies so far

View Robert Brown's profile

Robert Brown

143 posts in 2159 days


#1 posted 07-31-2015 02:01 AM

I own some Japanese chisels and like them. But I am no expert by far. But I can tell you that the hoops are missing from those chisels. In general though white oak is more expensive than red oak for handles. Multi-hollows are more expensive than single hollows. Chisels with a maker’s mark on the blade are more expensive than chisels without a maker’s mark. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know a maker’s mark from a company stamp. Also look at the bevel to see the line between the hard steel and soft steel. I believe that chisels with the line straight across are usually factory made. The chisels with the line curving up on the ends are usually hand made. The more expensive and better made chisels are hand made. This might help you to determine which chisel is more expensive than the other. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will jump in and give a price range.

View tyler's profile

tyler

44 posts in 636 days


#2 posted 07-31-2015 04:08 AM

Thanks for the info Robert. The first thing I noticed was the ferrules missing. Not sure why the guy did that.. but shouldn’t be to hard to put some back on. I told the guy they looked like they could be sold for a good amount of $. I bought a set of auger bits and he said if I’m interested he’d sell them to me for $10 a piece. I know that’s a killer price, just want to learn a little bit more.

View Robert Brown's profile

Robert Brown

143 posts in 2159 days


#3 posted 07-31-2015 02:30 PM

Just from viewing your photo I would buy at $10 each in a heartbeat. It wouldn’t matter if they were factory made or not. If the seller still has the rings you are in luck. But if not I found some on this page “http://www.hidatool.com/woodworking/chisels/chisel-rings-and-handles/fujihiro-chisel-rings-for-handle” if you want to go that route. I have used copper tubing with good results on some chisels that seen 30 or 40 years of hard use. The copper’s elasticity may be a concern but so far so good. Those chisels pictured look like they been barely used so a proper steel hoop would look better. You might want to look up hoop setting on Japanese chisels.

You may come to like Japanese chisels. I have chisel sets from 7 different countries yet use my mismatched set of Japanese chisels almost exclusively. They hold an edge much longer than the others.

View tyler's profile

tyler

44 posts in 636 days


#4 posted 07-31-2015 03:30 PM

Well from what the seller told me, a guy came in his shop trying to sell them and the original seller asked if he would keep them in the back because he was going to come back and buy them (not a pawn shop at all) but the guy never showed. So there’s no way of finding the original steel hoops. I’m the only person to see them and he rolled them up and put them back behind the counter. So i know I’m going to pick up a few if not all of them. Just wanted to find the original price. Thanks!

View Robert Brown's profile

Robert Brown

143 posts in 2159 days


#5 posted 08-01-2015 12:07 AM

You are welcome. I saw the much better photos at SMC. I would definitely grab them all. The white oak handled ones would not surprise if new that they run 50-70 dollars each to over 100 for the broader chisels. The gouges look good too. Rusty and uncared for, whoever left them did not know their value. Its even got a leather chisel roll-up holder.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com