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



Japanese chisels, or nomi, are used for boring holes into or shaving off small parts of timber and, along with saws (nokogiri) and planes (kanna), are among the most essential tools for the Japanese woodworker.

The nomi blade has a similar construction to that of a plane (kanna) and has a steel core for carving wood, sandwich-welded by softer metal plates (jigane) that form the outer shell of the blade, the shank, and the part that is inserted into the handle.

There are several types of nomi but the two major categories are striking chisels: bench chisles (oire-nomi), timber chisels (chu-tataki-nomi, chu-usu-nomi and atsu-nomi) and mortise chisels (tateguya or mukoumachi-nomi), used with a hammer, and push (or paring) chisels (kinari/usu-nomi, umeki/shinogi-nomi, sashi/tsuki-nomi) and dovetail chisels (yama-ari-nomi), used by hand alone. 

Please feel welcome to browse through our extensive collection of Japanese chisels/Nomi, and please, contact us with any questions or if there is anything you want that you do not see here.