About Japanese Wood Chisels

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About Japanese Wood Chisels
Japanese wood chisels are know for their high quality. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Japanese wood chisels are for the serious wood worker. They are made to produce high quality furniture and art. They will cost more than the average chisel, but for someone who appreciates fine tools and loves to spend hours at the craft of woodworking, Japanese wood chisels are well worth the investment.

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History

The history of Japanese wood chisels goes back to the time of the samurai sword makers, some of the finest sword makers in history. When it became illegal to make samurai swords, the sword makers took the skills they honed and applied them to making chisels with the same care and pride. The art of making Japanese chisels was handed down from generation to generation, and today’s chisel makers are the descendants of the original samurai.

Types

There are three types of Japanese chisels, and each type comes in different sizes. Standard quality chisels have laminated blades that are made from a combination of soft steel and high carbon steel. Professional quality Japanese chisels also have laminated blades but are made with a combination of soft steel and white paper steel, which produces a harder edge. Premium quality Japanese chisels are made with all high speed steel. There is a new type of high speed steel, Hitachi, that is an improvement over the older type in that it is very fine-grained. The finer the grain, the sharper the edge. They are the best to use when the wood is not perfect.

Features

Japanese chisels are handmade by welding the chisel blade to a core made of iron. One of the main differences between Japanese chisels and other types is the fact that Japanese chisels are harder. The harder the chisel, the better it is when used with abrasive woods. They also keep a sharper edge longer. The back of the edges are also different. They are hollow, and this makes the chisel more stable. The top-of-the-line Japanese chisels are made from laminated steel. The handles are made from the most expensive woods

Function

The Japanese have been working with wood for thousands of years. Japanese wood chisels are used in making furniture. The Japanese have a special way of constructing furniture--they make the joints in a different way, for instance--and their wood chisels are specially designed for this. They also have chisels for boat building and fine art, such as wood cut printing.

Effects

Working with fine tools such as Japanese wood chisels makes the job easier. The fine-tooled sharp edges go through wood with no effort. The finished product will have fine, sharply detailed edges and details. They are constructed so that they cause less stress on the fingers and joints, which can start to ache when using chisels that are not so finely crafted.

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