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Forum topic by Klickitat posted 08-23-2014 11:13 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Klickitat

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08-23-2014 11:13 PM

Wow this last month has been unbelievable as I have added at least 50 new pieces to my shop.

Today however I ventured into uncharted territory for myself. I purchased two Japanese smoothing planes. The first is 3”x10 3/4” and is marked Occupied Japan among other markings, and so is at least easy to date. The other is 2 3/4”x9” and still has the original sticker on top. Both blades are stamped and marked.

I would like to know where to go to get information on these.

I am going to pull them apart and start cleaning them up for use tonight. I am excited as I have been wanting to try this style of plane for quite some time.


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planeBill

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 03:43 AM

Maybe before you take them apart and start cleaning them too much, wait and try to find out some information about them first. Sometimes cleaning them the wrong way decreases the value. This applies to most anything that has collectable value. You could talk to Stuart Tierney at tools from Japan or some of the guys on the Japanese woodworking forums. The one marked occupied Japan sounds interesting.
Just a thought.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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Klickitat

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 08:30 PM

Here they are with the dirt and surface rust knocked off.

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djwong

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 04:50 AM

Here are a few places to start…

How to tune up a kanna part 1. There are several videos in this series. Be sure to watch them all.

Also, check out thecarpentryway.com blog. Chris hall has one of the best write ups on tuning a japanese plane.

Finally, there is a very good ebook available titled “Getting the most from your kanna”, by Desmond King. Lots of good information at a low price. I bought mine at amazon.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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CreekOne

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 02:37 PM

Other than going to japan, i would recomend some of the more famous books like ‘japanese woodworking tools’ and also think really hard on what you will use your kanna for.
I have over 50 kanna in my workshop and i will start adding some Posts about japanese, korean and chinese tools.
One thing i have never found in a book or on the web is what my teacher refered to as ‘small round’ that is the rounding of the edge on some kanna while others are straight… There are lots of knowledge in traditional tools…

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djwong

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 11:18 PM

On page 156 of Toshio Odate’s book “Japanese Woodworking Tools”, he shows a very slight dubbing of a newly sharpened blade as a final step on a finish stone. He suggest this is only necessary to “tame” a new aggressively tempered blade. Is this the “small round” technique you mentioned?

Apologies to the original poster for hijacking the thread.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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Klickitat

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 02:08 PM

Thanks for all the replies so far and rabbit trails are ok with me. We will see how far this little foray into the Japanese tool end of the pool I end up, but for now I am excited to have at least added these to my shop.

The bigger of the two planes is in really nice condition and is quite flat. The smaller one of the two seems to have issues with the sole. It is slightly radius and and does not appear to be intentional, but I do not know enough about them to know with certainty.

I hope to find the time to sharpen the bigger one this weekend and put it to some Western Red Cedar that I want to get ready for a project.

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CreekOne

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#7 posted 08-28-2014 02:35 PM


On page 156 of Toshio Odate s book “Japanese Woodworking Tools”, he shows a very slight dubbing of a newly sharpened blade as a final step on a finish stone. He suggest this is only necessary to “tame” a new aggressively tempered blade. Is this the “small round” technique you mentioned?

Apologies to the original poster for hijacking the thread.

- djwong


Sorry, not at all the same, this has to do with the type of plane you want, just as the plain sole is shaped after smoother, joiner, plainer.
Odates book is good but it does mostly talk about tools in the shoji making traditions.

Klickitat:
Remember that most kanna should have a special shape on the sole so it only touch the wood in the back of the kanna (side towards you, most would say front) and just in front of the blade.

You can always message me with questions..

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