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  1. I have many Fujikawa (Yasaku brand) chisels. I'm...

    I have many Fujikawa (Yasaku brand) chisels. I'm no expert, and only a hobbyist, but they have been stellar in use. They seem to fit that category of reasonable price and decent quality = solid...
  2. Looks great and I'm sure it will be a pleasure to...

    Looks great and I'm sure it will be a pleasure to use. Thanks for posting.
  3. Nice find, thanks for sharing.

    Nice find, thanks for sharing.
  4. Thread: Crap chisels

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    I'll try harder next time:U And should the...

    I'll try harder next time:U

    And should the opportunity present itself (which it probably will), don't hesitate to throw whatever is appropriate in my direction.
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    I did note that, and hopefully so will others....

    I did note that, and hopefully so will others. But there is always a danger that some might fail to note that or fail to heed that and, common sense is often one of those things that develops after...
  6. Thread: Crap chisels

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    Warning :(( (apologies in advance for the harsh...

    Warning :(( (apologies in advance for the harsh language and coarse humour)

    Why not hit it a few times with a hammer while its hot and get rid of that depression in the back, too? :?

    Hey Mate,...
  7. Thread: Crap chisels

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    An unfortunate experience, but not unique for...

    An unfortunate experience, but not unique for "unused" Japanese chisels. The chisels are not going to be crap. Re-sharpen them carefully, and you will probably not have any more trouble (provided the...
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    Right,... got it: Visit japan - check, Visit...

    Right,... got it:

    Visit japan - check,
    Visit Shikoku - check,
    Visit Kochi City (on a Sunday) - check,
    Go alone - check.
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    Very nicely done Paul :2tsup:

    Very nicely done Paul :2tsup:
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    It wasn't a lack of homework, Neil - rather...

    It wasn't a lack of homework, Neil - rather Wikipedia is often incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete.
  11. Thread: Kanna kanji ID

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    I've tried a couple of times to come up with a...

    I've tried a couple of times to come up with a reading for the kanji on your blade, but its a little too stylized for me to match. But it looks like a good find.

    Steve
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    Sorry I'm coming a bit late to this thread, but I...

    Sorry I'm coming a bit late to this thread, but I have to jump in on a couple of points:

    Perhaps the reason that Damascus steels faded out of existence, is because the "inferior" steel of the...
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    Not a bad summary, but you forgot these points...

    Not a bad summary, but you forgot these points (facts):

    If you buy the best most expensive tools you'll be,

    1. better looking,
    2. even among the Gods, you'll be envied,
    3. trees will fall...
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    Yes, do tell,....

    Yes, do tell,....
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    I'd forgotten about that series of vids - they...

    I'd forgotten about that series of vids - they are very good. So much info out there, but hard to keep it all in the memory :?.
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    Before I try to answer any of your questions,...

    Before I try to answer any of your questions, have you seen what Chris Hall has posted on his blog (http://thecarpentryway.blogspot.ca) about tuning kanna? I haven't yet read Des' book, but I...
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    Someday it will hit you.

    Someday it will hit you.
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    I'd hoped there was an easier way too, but...

    I'd hoped there was an easier way too, but basically you have to scan tables of kanji until you find a (possible) match, then find out how its read (pronounced) and if possible, its meaning.

    Here...
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    Looks like a nice score to me :2tsup: Price...

    Looks like a nice score to me :2tsup: Price certainly was right, and I agree that its a good quality. Can't help you with the mark as yet - I'll do some research if no one else comes up with the...
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    Update: a. Sold! for ,.... $35.00 :doh:....

    Update:
    a. Sold! for ,.... $35.00 :doh:. (Non-woodworker, small crowd).
    b. Its for a good cause.
    c. At least I can say my work is suitable to sit on a shelf.
    d. So there's one less kanna in...
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    Yes, think of it as a piece with live edges on...

    Yes, think of it as a piece with live edges on the inside :D.
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    Hi Gadge, I know how you feel. But the last...

    Hi Gadge,

    I know how you feel. But the last time I made a dai to donate, it was bought by a non-woodworker and I'm sure that will be the case this time. Even so, as I said, the dai was struck many...
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    Another Dai, Another Dollar,...

    Just finished this dai for a blade I got recently on eBay (60mm NitaShiro). Not sure who made it or the steel, but it seems well made and not too hard to sharpen. I'm donating it to a fundraising...
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    "Tsuchi - Hammer " would likely be "correct", but...

    "Tsuchi - Hammer " would likely be "correct", but because there are many types of hammer, there are lots of names which further define how the item is used or associated. Here is a link to the...
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    Thanks for that. I was too lazy to look it up...

    Thanks for that. I was too lazy to look it up myself.
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    Hi Pam, Its not your Mac. Chefs' Armoury only...

    Hi Pam,

    Its not your Mac. Chefs' Armoury only ships to Oz and New Zealand (where is Old Zealand, btw?), so we who live closer to the centre of the universe, don't get to see the items in their...
  27. My good fellow, I just happen to have one of...

    My good fellow,

    I just happen to have one of those kanna (Dogyu by Imoto Masao) if you're interested. Although I've cleaned up the edge, the dai could use some tuning and its just collecting dust...
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    Along the left hand side bar, there is a currency...

    Along the left hand side bar, there is a currency selector (I always select the one that gives the smallest numbers - I save money that way).
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    For what to get and where, I'd recommend:...

    For what to get and where, I'd recommend: http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=335_404_403&products_id=1667 as one possible source. Be sure to peruse all of...
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    Thanks Paul and Neil. Certainly, put in the...

    Thanks Paul and Neil. Certainly, put in the context of commercial scale production, the time required to individually fit each tang in a form-fitting mortice would be extremely inefficient. There is...
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    Sorry, I did notice that. I mustn't be so direct...

    Sorry, I did notice that. I mustn't be so direct next time - its confusing. I probably deserve :slap2:
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    I'm just wondering if, or if not, why not, the...

    I'm just wondering if, or if not, why not, the method of splitting the handle in two parts, making the space for the tang and them joining the two halves back together is considered in lieu of...
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    Welcome back then.

    Welcome back then.
  34. Here's a vid I found on YouTube:...

    Here's a vid I found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yoS7FnfI-I&list=UUKg_i5wDPyeApQ5p4joZWSA
    Although his main points were to address setting up a new chisel, the sharpening process he...
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    I'm glad Schtoo gets the benefit of your decision...

    I'm glad Schtoo gets the benefit of your decision (so good choice all around:2tsup:).
  36. Hi thumbsucker, For your situation (using a...

    Hi thumbsucker,

    For your situation (using a honing guide - and I understand why you want to), I would suggest that, after the back is flat from your initial set-up, it will remain flat, so taking...
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    Hi siavoshb, I have two of the Koyama. Put a...

    Hi siavoshb,

    I have two of the Koyama. Put a good edge on them and they will do exactly what you want. I bought mine from Lee Valley (which sold them as 60 mm blade only, chip breaker sold...
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    I hope nobody minds if I append a best wishes for...

    I hope nobody minds if I append a best wishes for the season and good health in the New Year to everyone. Hopefully, somebody might collect a Jnat as a gift and we can get back to the discussion (or...
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    Hi fields, For me, I don't soak my natural...

    Hi fields,

    For me, I don't soak my natural stones (any grit), finding that they don't really absorb water like synthetics can. I just add water according to my preference depending on the stone....
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    Hi Gadge, The second and third kanji of the...

    Hi Gadge,

    The second and third kanji of the central group of three, say "Hiro Masa. The first character I can't figure out (yet). The others are very stylized and don't read anything directly, I...
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    Actually, his website is: Japan Tool...

    Actually, his website is: Japan Tool. He is So Yamashita (indeed, soatoz here on the forum, but he has not been active here for quite sometime - a few years). And, if you read the announcements on...
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    Looks great and very functional - and certainly...

    Looks great and very functional - and certainly quite sturdy.
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    A very beautiful piece of wood and a lovely box.

    A very beautiful piece of wood and a lovely box.
  44. Thread: Greetings

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    Well, smoking/snorting/chewing tabacky etc. is...

    Well, smoking/snorting/chewing tabacky etc. is bad for you, so maybe set the dust on fire and roast marshmallows - more fun than me sniffing lead solder fumes (talk about slowing me down, not that...
  45. Thread: Greetings

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    I've heard opium will do that to you. Maybe you...

    I've heard opium will do that to you. Maybe you can substitute something from Ikea if things don't go back together - maybe they won't notice? Anyway, sounds like a nice project.

    Me? Working on...
  46. Thread: Greetings

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    Hi Becky, Glad to hear that business is going...

    Hi Becky,

    Glad to hear that business is going well. Anything exciting you're working on?
  47. Thread: Greetings

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    Hi Gadge, Hear you, but nothing to report...

    Hi Gadge,

    Hear you, but nothing to report (unless you want to hear me complain - not that I ever complain :no:). It has been very quiet (seems to get that way now and then).

    Steve
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    What's not to like about rustic? Excellent...

    What's not to like about rustic? Excellent job:2tsup: You realize, since babies out-grow such things quite quickly, that you may be hinting at a. more work for you making larger beds, and/or b. your...
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    I'm not a table leg man myself, but those are...

    I'm not a table leg man myself, but those are quite nice. But the top is very beautiful - well done.
  50. Thread: More Lamps

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    The problem (and I'm not criticizing what anyone...

    The problem (and I'm not criticizing what anyone has said or suggested) seems to be that in the daylight, people are concerned with the actual frame (which is not currently in a finished state), vice...
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