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Forum topic by WindingStick posted 03-07-2013 08:13 AM 920 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2013 08:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: japanese traditional kanna plane blade identify restoration vinegar rust

Hello fellow woodworkers.

So I am restoring this very rusty and miserable kanna I got from ebay recently.
Just for fun and to prove to myself I can do this even if I had to make a new dai from scratch.

Anyway, maybe some of you can read what’s written on the blade and on the body. Here are some pictures after a vinegar bath and a wire brush:

Thank you!

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 03:21 AM

Well my friend I gave it my best. The top two characters on the blade on the right say registration or registered. As for the others I cant make them out well enough. The text on the side says “This product has a ready use Motomura blade.” Motomura is a fairly common family name in japan. It is almost as bad as Smith or Jones. And the user mark is too faded to make out. Have fun with your new toy.

BTW The markings on your plane tell me that it is a common “Home Depot” plane.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 04:00 AM

Oh well, no jackpot here :). Anyway, I am going to tune and polish it for funz.
Thank you very much.

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