Japanese Woodworking Chisels Info GuideComments (0)
JAPANESE CHISEL (NOMI) BASICS
Understanding how chisels are constructed and their specific purposes will help you decide which chisel will best suit your woodworking needs. Here are some Chisel Basics.
HANDLES AND HOOPSMost Japanese Chisels have wooden handles, typically White or Red Oak, Ebony, Sandalwood or Boxwood. If a Japanese Chisel has a hoop, ring or ferrule (sagariwa) on top of the handle it can be struck with a mallet. If no hoop is present, the chisel is intended to be pushed by hand (not struck) and usually has a longer handle to facilitate this type of use. The Japanese believe the hoop helps to prevent the wooden handle from splitting during use.
TYPES OF CHISELS AND THEIR BLADE SHAPES
Japanese Chisels are made for specific tasks in woodworking, such as cleaning out an opening or getting close for cleaning out edges. To accommodate these uses, chisel blades have different shapes and angles. Some have square, flat sides, some have angled sides to a flat edge, and some taper to a complete edge see illustrations at below). Basic types of Japanese Chisels and their uses are described below.
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