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Taigert

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2105 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: plane shaping finishing joining sharpening question resource

A couple of months back I found a couple of Japanese wood planes on Craigslist. I couldn’t walk away from them once I seen them. He was a fella up in his years and he stated that his father had brought them home from Japan, during the reconstruction after World War 11. The reason he was selling them was that his grandchildren kept playing with them as a toy. He wanted them to be where they would be looked after.

I have a close friend who’ wife is from Japan, I had here try to tell me what the writing meant. The only things she could tell me is that the characters were from before 1930. and that the blacksmiths mark is a famous one. But she is unfamilar with plane irons, so I still am trying to figure out what I have found.

Any sources of information would be appreciated.

Thanks

-- Taigert - Milan, IN


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Loren

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#1 posted 2105 days ago

Contact the Japan Woodworker. The guy who runs it may deal
in collectible Japanese planes.

I have one old Japanese plane myself – a rabbet plane with an
adjustable fence. It works well but I don’t think it is particularly
valuable.

The best Japanese irons take an incredible sharp edge and hold
it for a long, long time. As I recall some of the famous swordsmiths
shifted into making tools when the Samurai way of life was abolished.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#2 posted 2105 days ago

Any pics available, even off-forum?

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#3 posted 2105 days ago

Jojo to the rescue!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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