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Forum topic by David Craig posted 11-30-2012 10:56 AM 1460 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Craig

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11-30-2012 10:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: international woodworking tools hand tools chisels planes manufacturers brands

This is a topic that I have been curious for some time on. In America, there are tool companies that we look up to and regard for their high end products. Be it in the present or in the past. With more and more interest in woodworking tools that are not specific to the Americas (Japanese chisels and handsaws for example), I would have to assume that there are high end companies in Europe and Asia that we are completely oblivous to. And just like Stanley tools, for example, I would have to assume there are some companies that had a golden age to them with a gradual decline over the decades due to companies seeking out cheaper methods and materials for manufacturing.

So for everyone out there in every part of the world, what tool companies do you actively pursue that us Americans might be oblivious to? Are there plane and chisel brands that we may be turning our backs to because the name is not familiar to us that we shouldn’t? Are there brands that are local to your part of the world that we should stay away from? Are there classic company brands that you find yourself looking when browsing shops with used tools? I think this information would be helpful to a large number of woodworkers.

I will be honest. I did some serious soul searching before committing myself to put this topic out here. My fear is that this thread would turn into an international bashing of companies rather than a worldwide collection of knowledge. Please folks, lets keep this civil and use this opportunity to pool our resources for a positive thread.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.


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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 02:36 PM

Great post David, great idea. We all do have our own tastes but there are definitely those out there that may not know about some of the smaller tool makers.

My absolute favorite chisel maker, the very standard to which I hold all my chisels is Davide Jeske of Blue Sprue Tool Works. http://www.bluesprucetoolworks.com/ His work is impeccable, beautiful and very functional. He misses no detail when it comes to craftsmanship and use. They stay super sharp! Feel great in the hand and simply put are just down right awesome!

For some of the finest draw knives go to Mike and Karyn at Cape Forge. http://www.capeforge.com/ They also make beautiful carving knives, axes and these great detail chisels that I have been meaning to purchase. Every tool is hand forged and beautifully made.

The absolute best carving knives I have ever used come from Paul Jones of Deepwoodventures. http://www.deepwoodsventures.com/ They are a true joy to use. They fit perfectly in the hand and the blades are made to perfection!

Glenn Livingston of Wood Joy Tools, http://www.woodjoytools.com/ makes superb spoke shaves and marking gauges. His craftsmanship is unbelievable and his tools hold up the their name. They really are a joy to use!

For Dovetail Saw I use nothing else but Adria. http://www.adriatools.com/handsaw/dovetail_saw.html Edie hand makes every saw so one knows it is going to be flawless. They are beautiful and a treasure to have in the tool armada.

I use Woodpecker Tools, http://www.woodpeck.com/ or Starrett for my measuring and marking. Not much to say here, their reputation precedes them!

Thanks David for the idea! Its great to pull all the information together.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 02:44 PM

Great post!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 05:37 PM

I am willing to bet that there are companies that are known to people not on this site that we won’t learn about! I can imagine a cottage tool maker anywhere in the world who is know only to the locals.

That being said, I will watch this thread to find out what I have been missing!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 07:27 PM

what a civil blog .... no flying bullets or hidden bombs :-(
whats the fun in that ..lol
Ok David its your blog you set the rules :-)

see something with swedish steel you can be sure it will hold a lifetime

if you want a great Axe then look at Granfors bruksaxes
here sold at Dieter Schmidt Fine tools
http://www.fine-tools.com/grans.htm

Dennis

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 08:37 PM

Well Dennis. You know I wrote that especially for you. You are infamous as a trouble maker and international jewel thief :) Thank you for your input on the tools.

Nate – Always a pleasure to see you out here and thank you for the links.

Thanks for the compliment Charles. Always a pleasure to see you commenting.

I hope we all can discover some real treasures we didn’t know existed.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 08:58 PM

Dennisgrosen you mentioned Dieter Schmidt fine tools … that’s my cousins name he lives in Germany!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 10:21 PM

David …. me …. troublemaker … nope ….. jewelthief …. who knows .. maybee , maybee not .. :-)

Oldnovice :-) I´m pretty sure its a comon name in Germany :-)
but if your cousin lives in Berlin then it might well cuold be him

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langski93

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 05:14 AM

I started using my first Ray Iles mortise chisel from the U.k. Amazing!

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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