Debating chisels...

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Steve
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Re: Debating chisels...

Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:49 pm

Has anyone here purchased from The Japanese Tool Store Online ? http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/

This source was recommended. I was thinking of trying them out - the price of used Japanese chisels on Ebay seems a little high. Very high. It seems you can get a brand new tool for less money.

Hell, for the price of a good set of chisels one could just fly to Japan and shop a flea market or hardware store - is that an option?

My one only Japanese chisel was purchased new at a little tool store in Seattle... around 1982 I think. Yashiros Tools on South Jackson. I was a construction laborer at the time and $28.95 seemed like a fortune.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:48 pm

Wow, what a deal! You won't find that chisel for that price anywhere. The new chisels I have been looking at are anywhere from $60 - 150 each. It is easy to find them more expensive, but for me it is hard to justify. I have gotten many off of ebay because I just don't know enough to be able to deal with the vendors.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:11 pm

Hah, I'm glad that my dry humor come across well over the net.

Nice, interested to see the chisels reground as dovetail chisels.

I picked up a few others, a Koyamaichi fishtail chisel, and Ouchi gouges....all with ebony handles, I expect about 3 month lead times on these and 4 months of the Tasai.

I like the hammered finish too, but fear it may be uncomfortable in use since often I will hold a chisel against a guide with my thumb, could result in bleeding beyond the usual amount.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:30 pm

Hi Steve,

I can recommend Tools From Japan store. Good selection of tools and very helpful if you want to ask any questions. Run by an expat. so no language problems.

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Re: Debating chisels...

Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:47 pm

Gadge -

Thanks, I am going to put in an order - the English descriptions did seem very accurate.

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Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:19 pm

I'll mirror Gadge's sentiment, Stu of Tools From Japan is really fantastic. He is always honest and straightforward, not shy on advice if you request it.

I've ordered with him a few times and have had great experiences every time.

I have also ordered from Japan Tool Iida, and enjoy working with Tomohito Iida as he has provided outstanding customer service.

Also I have ordered from Japan Tool and have had a good experience from So Yamashita, he's had some scheduling issues but has been very clear with expectations and I appreciate that.

It's important to understand that these are small companies run by single proprietors or a small (family) staff, and they work in that fashion and do quite a fantastic job of answering questions about their merch.
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Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:34 pm

Someday maybe will get to Japan...
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Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:12 pm

I'm glad I cant get to Japan.....that sight would cost me a small fortune. Whose store?
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:57 am

You need to warn before posting a picture like that! It sent a shiver of "tool lust" up my spine!
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:10 pm

The image of the store came from a post on Facebook, "near Koto-Ku" was the only info on the location..

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