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Topic tags/keywords: chisels japanese germany question sandalwood shaping traditional

To me, there is something fascinating about chisels.

When you get a good one and learn how to sharpen and use it, and see great results, you get a feeling of satisfaction, but then, at least for me, buying chisels became an addiction.

I began with some Marples (blue handles), stepped up and got some green handled Marples, had a Sandvik or two when framing, my dad left me a Swedish chisel when he passed away, learned a bit more about sharpening and quality, then aquired a few Lee Valley chisels, bought an introductory package of Narex mortise chisels, and then I discovered Japanese chisels…

Really wanting to get a good set for a few years now, a recent article in Fine Woodworking got me fired up again and I took to the internet to make comparisons.

I found the best price in Germany for what appears to be the same chisels as sold in the US for almost twice the price.

Never thought I would be buying Japanese chisels from Germany – this is what arrived yesterday!

A set of 10 handmade chisels with Sandalwood handles (look somewhat like rosewood).

Each one is supposedly hand stamped and I even noticed a stamp (small letter) on the handles.

It is difficult to see, maybe I will get better photos in my shop with more natural light, but you can clearly see the varied layers it takes to construct the chisel and the “grain” pattern is beautiful!

I am adding a photo from their website, much clearer.

This is a very well made set of tools, fit and finish is excellent, I can’t wait to try them out…

Also wanted to mention that there was no import tax, no duties, nothing additonal to pay.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 445 days ago

I’d love to have a set of those. I own one Stanley sweetheart, and I already feel the jones for more and better chisels. For now, I’ll need to restrain myself until I gain some technique and perhaps just as importantly, learn to properly sharpen them. I’m thinking I’ll stick with the Stanley’s for now, but the Japanese chisels and saws certainly have my eye.

There is also something compelling about English made hand tools. Too many Jane Austen movies with my girls, I suppose.

And congrats on that über-awesome set!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#3 posted 445 days ago

Thanks for your input! I also appreciate the English made hand tools, I think sometimes we appreciate something from another country because it is new to us – kind of the “never a hero in your hometown” syndrome maybe?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 444 days ago

Can you elaborate on what the chisels actually are? A link or name or such?

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#5 posted 444 days ago

Lovely set of chisels Randy – Did you know about this thread?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 444 days ago

Chris, here is the link to the selection of Japanese chisels, the set I bought is the second last item.

Thanks, Andy, I did not see that thread, we can let this one die, no problem! I did a search for Chisels of your dreams, etc, but did not see it so will modify this post.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 444 days ago

These days I have been hankering for a cranked handle paring chisel and/ a chisel plane (not the kind you put a chisel in, but the one that helps clean glue lines

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#8 posted 444 days ago

Whoa …. those are some seriously awesome looking chisels there Randy. Congrats!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 444 days ago

Whoa, that is a big box of awesomeness. Great score. I have a set of Japanese chisels, they are some entry level ones, and I like them a lot. I can’t even begin to imagine how sweet these ones are. I would have to keep them under lock and key. Beautiful stuff. Can I borrow a couple of them? : )

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#10 posted 444 days ago

Thanks guys! It took me some time to commit to buying them.

Will be testing them a bit this weekend as time permits and will do up a formal review once I have spent some serious shop time with them.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 444 days ago

wow… just noticed the tag price on those puppies…

they are beautifully made though. congrats!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 444 days ago

That.s a beautiful set of chisels. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 444 days ago

Holy cow, serious awesomeness from across the pond(s.! Congrats, Jusfine, on a dream come true! I hope they’re everthing you want and more.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#14 posted 444 days ago

Fine chisels are a pleasure indeed.


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#15 posted 444 days ago

How many US $$ is 1069 Euros?

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