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Tataki Nomi Japanese Wood Chisels

Rutlands    Part No. JP1055

• Exceptional chisels hand crafted in Japan by master blacksmiths
• Forged blades feature alloy steel cutting edges with soft iron fronts...
  more forgiving in use and less likely to chip
• Tapered blade profiles allow for deeper cutting
• Hollow ground backs are easy to sharpen and reduce cutting friction
• Strong and attractive Japanese red oak handles
• Steel re-inforcing hoops prevent handles from splitting

These chisels offer an excellent introduction to Japanese nomi for those woodworkers who have never used such a chisel before. With their alloy steel backs hardened to RC-60 and soft iron fronts, these chisels are a little more forgiving in use than the white paper and blue paper steel chisels. With all the features expected of a Japanese chisel, these tataki nomi have hollow ground backs to reduce friction during cutting and to make flattening the back bevel easier and the profile of the chisel is tapered for better clearance when performing deep cuts.

Secured into the solid Japanese red oak handle using a tang and tapered ferrule, these chisels have a good, solid feel in use. Available individually and as 6 piece and 10 piece sets. Both sets are presented in wooden boxes.


Japanese chisels differ greatly in construction and form to the more familiar Western style chisels common in workshops today. Drawing on centuries of metal working knowledge and skill dating back to the very finest sword makers to the Samurai, many Japanese woodworking chisels are still hand made by the individual blacksmiths whose names they bear. Masters of their craft, which would take an apprentice approximately 10-15 years to learn, these blacksmiths produce chisels that are unparalleled in performance even by chisels made using today's state of the art technology.

Traditional Japanese chisels or "Nomi" feature bi-metallic blades. This is usually an extremely hard tool steel with a softer iron or steel forge welded over the top. This offers a distinct advantage over Western style single metal blades. The harder a steel is, the sharper an edge it is able to take. Unfortunately, the harder a steel is, the more brittle it becomes so, for single metal blades there is a maximum hardness that can be reached before a blade becomes too brittle to be used practically.

With the Japanese bi-metal blades, the softer top layer acts like a shock absorber to the harder metal cutting layer ensuring that the hammer blows that would damage or crack a single metal blade of the same hardness has little effect on the Japanese blade. Japanese chisels require a small amount of work on them before they are ready for use.

The steel reinforcing ring at the top of the handle must be fitted properly before the chisel is first used. To do this, remove the ring from the handle and gently file around the top of the handle to reduce the diameter slightly. This should allow the steel ring to sit further down the handle. When striking the chisel with a hammer, the hammer must not contact the ring but rather the wood above the ring. The wood above the ring will eventually spread over the top of it. This helps to protect both the hammer and the reinforcing ring when the chisel is used.
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    Written By: N Piggott
    I've been a fan of Japanese chisels for many years and got this set for an apprentice to see what he'd make of them. It didn't take long for him to develop a feel for them. The tougher steel does make them more forgiving and they're easier to sharpen than a blue paper or white paper set. All my apprentices now use these.
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    Written By: Bill Harrison
    i bought this set (my first ever japanese chisels) a couple of months ago. they are delightful to use. i have been a woodworker for almost 50 years. an excellent product. quality of advice from rutlands in advance of the purchase was excellent, and clearly very well-informed.
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    Written By: Samuel Kidd
    Bought these as my first ever set of Japanese Chisels. Quite different from what I was used to but with a bit of practice they are proving far better than my old chisels. These have given me the confidence to try some of the other Japanese chisels and I'm now looking for a set of white paper chisels.
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