Shinogi Nomi Dovetail Japanese Wood Chisels
Shinogi Nomi Dovetail Japanese Wood Chisels
£49.95
inc. vat
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Key Features

  • These chisels are shaped for cutting dovetails
  • The most traditional Japanese chisel which was used for making window frames
  • Ideal for working in restricted areas such as corners
  • White paper steel blade, the purest of Japanese tool steel with no additives
  • Hardened to RC-64 the blade will hold an exceptionally sharp edge
  • Mounted on solid Japanese red oak handles
  • Available individually or as a set of 6 chisels in a wooden box
  • Made in Japan

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Product Details

As the name suggests, these chisels are shaped for cutting dovetails but are also ideal for working in restricted areas such as corners. The triangular cross section of the chisel gives it the extra clearance needed. The laminated blade has a white paper steel back and soft iron front. The white paper steel is hardened to RC-64 making it capable of taking a fine, very sharp edge. Suitable for very delicate work such paring and trimming and cleaning out joints, these chisels have hollowed out backs for the minimum amount of resistance during cutting. Mounted on solid Japanese red oak handles using a long tang and tapered ferrule, these dovetail chisels are a worth addition to any furniture maker's arsenal. Available individually or as a set of 6 chisels in a wooden box.

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.
As the name suggests, these chisels are shaped for cutting dovetails but are also ideal for working in restricted areas such as corners. The triangular cross section of the chisel gives it the extra clearance needed. The laminated blade has a white paper steel back and soft iron front. The white paper steel is hardened to RC-64 making it capable of taking a fine, very sharp edge. Suitable for very delicate work such paring and trimming and cleaning out joints, these chisels have hollowed out backs for the minimum amount of resistance during cutting. Mounted on solid Japanese red oak handles using a long tang and tapered ferrule, these dovetail chisels are a worth addition to any furniture maker's arsenal. Available individually or as a set of 6 chisels in a wooden box.

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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Brand Rutlands
Country of Origin Japan

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Shinogi Nomi Dovetail Japanese Wood Chisels

Rutlands
Part No. M_JP1071
£49.95 inc. vat

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