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Superior Japanese Hand Tools for Woodworking, Kitchen, Gardening and Grooming

Sanshi Suimei

Special Blade Steel

Tsuchime (Hammer Mark)

Oi-masame White Oak Dai / Block*
Available Options

*Oi-masame is our recommendation. Please let us know if you would like Masame.

We can accomodate any bedding angles for a Hira-ganna/smoothing plane. If it's steeper than 40 degrees, an additional charge will be required. Please ask for details.

The name Tokushuhamonoko, or “special blade steel” refers to the combination of carbon, chrome and fine tungsten used in the production of these versatile, durable and highly functional planes. Though a bit harder to sharpen than blue steel, Tokushuhamonoko blades are noted for their ability to hold an edge longer even when used with a wide variety of hard and soft woods.For further questions concerning our Tokushuhamonoko planes or any other products, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.With "Fuso", "Kacho Fugetsu" and "Sanshi Suimei" in particular, the blacksmith has a simple system:Much in the same way that lumber is graded, Yamamoto assesses each blade for quality only after the forging process is complete. Therefore, he reserves the name "Fuso" for only the finest quality (based on his trained eye) followed by "Kacho Fugetsu" and "Sanshi Suimei". Naturally, however, it should go without saying that NO blades leave his foundry unless it meets his high personal standers for quality and function. Quality of chip brakers and blocks are different, based on quality of the blades.