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    Just more detective work. take the name in English find a Japanese page that has the name then translate each character one at a time until you find the name.

    I am a kid in a massive candy shop.

    Take this single page for small kanna from one seller.

    http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mandaraya/kogannna-f.htm

    Their are 22 types of small kanna from 5 different blacksmith in a range of widths totaling almost a 100 choices.

    Then take this page of chisels there are 49 styles of chisels by half a dozen blacksmiths.

    http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mandaraya/2-nomi.htm

    Then there is stuff, more and more stuff.

    I am thinking of purchasing a few items items under a few hundred dollars to start with.

    I will post back with results.

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    That Mandaraya website looks quite interesting. They mention at this page: http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mandaraya/oshirase-1.htm that if you spend over $100, then you can choose to get a free instructional DVD (green highlights) or $200 will get you a free DVD (including red highlights).

    The DVD titles range from how to use a Kanna vol 1 and 2 (red highlighted one has both vol 1 and 2), how to sharpen Kanna, how to set up a Gennou, Kezurou-kai, how blades are made and how to sharpen HSS.

    Tim.

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    Raptor true. The websites are also full of how to information on all tool related topics. Well worth a read.

    A recent development is that Pro Shop Hokuto has opened an english language version of their website here http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/sumurai.index.html.

    The most interesting is that you can custom order chisels from a range of makers, in variety of finishes and options for handle material & thickness, ferrule style, tang length, see here http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/...OrderForm.html

    I am planing to place an order for a set of Kunikei through them in the new year.

    I would love to see them expand this option to kanna.

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    I'm surprised that there are some tool shops out there selling decent tools in Japan willing to ship overseas and accept payment using PayPal.

    I think perhaps it might be worth making a list of online shops to buy Japanese tools direct from Japan to help everyone with their tool acquisition. I'll do some searches and see if I can find some more that we are not aware of.

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    Here is a start:

    http://homepage2.nifty.com/togi/index.htm
    http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/sub4.htm
    http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/sumurai.index.html.
    http://www.e-kanamonoya.jp/
    http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mandaraya/
    http://ovs.ohkubo-corp.com/
    http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/
    http://www.honmamon.jp/fs/honmamon/c/gr14

    I found a few others but they did not respond or do not ship outside Japan. Also Japanese tool shops seem to stock only tools from certain regions there are a few that only stock Miki tools were others only stock from other regions.

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    Nice list!

    I started making a list and all of them were already in your list.
    I'll have a bit more of a look for some more and try to add to your list then.

    Tim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbsucker View Post
    Here is a start:

    http://homepage2.nifty.com/togi/index.htm
    http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/sub4.htm
    http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~ttoishi/sumurai.index.html.
    http://www.e-kanamonoya.jp/
    http://www2.odn.ne.jp/mandaraya/
    http://ovs.ohkubo-corp.com/
    http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/
    http://www.honmamon.jp/fs/honmamon/c/gr14

    I found a few others but they did not respond or do not ship outside Japan. Also Japanese tool shops seem to stock only tools from certain regions there are a few that only stock Miki tools were others only stock from other regions.
    I could only find one more that wasn't in your list:
    http://www.330mate.com/page/14

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    nice find and with english support - their range is however very limited. They seem to have had a decent natural stone collection.

    A problem I find with many on the list is that they list items that are sold i.e. no longer available and it makes searching their websites tedious you think you found what you want only to find that it was sold years ago.

    Raptor can you read and write Japanese? I rely on Google translate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor View Post
    I could only find one more that wasn't in your list:
    http://www.330mate.com/page/14
    People have had mixed satisfaction with this seller.

    I am one of them. There have been negative comments on some other forums.

    Having said that, there are discerning members of this forum who say they have been satisfaction with their transaction.

    I have had no negative experience with any other sellers.

    Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor View Post
    I could only find one more that wasn't in your list:
    http://www.330mate.com/page/14
    Tomonori is one of my favorite Japanese tool sellers, he's most easily available on ebay. I started buying from him in 2001 or earlier when I started getting into Japanese tools and don't recall being disappointed with service or product. But, I haven't bought much on ebay for the last couple of years, and these things can change.

    Pam

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    Maybe a sticky could be made for future members. A list of Japanese and Western tool sellers who sell Japanese tools with a small blurb about what they sell in regards to brands and blacksmiths.

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    Hi Pam,

    Could you tell me what Tomonori's ebay name is? I tried searching Tomonori but no good.

    Regards,
    Gadge

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    More Japanese Tool Stores:

    http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/
    http://ovs.ohkubo-corp.com/
    http://www.monotaro.sg/ -- Source of Shinwa & entry level woodworking tools
    http://www.dastool.com.tw/index.php - Taiwanese selling Japanese and Chinese tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbsucker View Post
    nice find and with english support - their range is however very limited. They seem to have had a decent natural stone collection.

    A problem I find with many on the list is that they list items that are sold i.e. no longer available and it makes searching their websites tedious you think you found what you want only to find that it was sold years ago.

    Raptor can you read and write Japanese? I rely on Google translate.
    Yes I can speak, read and write Japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor View Post
    Yes I can speak, read and write Japanese.
    An extreme advantage.

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