Wednesday 11 July 2012
Japanese Dovetail Chisels
I ordered a set of dovetail chisels made by famous chisel maker Tasai from http://thebestthings.com/newtools/tasai_japanese_bench_chisels.htm
They have a very understated all black appearance. I will be making a special box to house these chisels and I'm very much looking forward to putting them through their paces.
The sides are very thin and ideal for dovetailing, the blue steel is tough and best for hard woods.
The Tasai stamp within a diamond shaping on the blade.
Here is the 3/4" chisel next to a top quality mokume chisel by Tasai senior, this one is definitely not understated!
Here is a picture of one of my standard chisels I use at shows, although the profile is dovetailed the sides were quite thick and required grinding down to make them suitable for fine dovetailing.