MessyTendon wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:17 am
Are those used for purling, or rosette tiles? The million dollar question, is that a high end japense chisel or low end one? I am thinking of buying a cheapo amazon special and tuning it up myself. Considering most of the high end stuff is made of hitachi steel, and the price is all over the place I just dont know.
I've bought expensive 300$ japanese knives, and my favorite one is a cheaper blade made of the same steel.
These are just accidental . I was trimming edges to make a joint . But yes I make and use strips from a variety of woods and use in many ways .
If you buy a real Japanese plane from overseas , the big cost is transport , post . They tend to be heavy .
I never bought a plane new here . I have I guess about 25 in use and another 25 in storage boxes . Maybe not too bright to have tools you don't use but I just like them . I got them all used , prices ranging from 500 to 3500 yen , or 5 to 35 dollars .
Some of them are hand forged , very high quality . Some are lesser quality . But they are all good .
The thing of note about Japanese blades in comparison with western blades - especially Japanese laminated blades is this :
When tools are forged the blade is quenched when it is red hot . This makes the steel very hard , and very brittle .
So it must be softened , which is called tempering .
Western blades are tempered to be softer ; Japanese blades are not softened as much , they are harder . ( a general rule , not an 'always ' maxim )
Japanese blades are laminated , mild steel to carbon steel . The mild steel takes the shocks , and the carbon steel does the cutting .
So if you buy a Japanese plane just try to ensure it is laminated steel blade . Some are not and I have planes in use that are not laminated blades .
In general , Japanese standards are quite high , so a new plane should be good .
If you buy a used plane just try to get one that looks like the blade fits well and doesn't look like it is broken .
Many of mine were cracked , with blades too loose or too tight , and I spent days repairing them . I even made a few planes myself .
In Japan , the purchaser and user of the plane is expected to true the action of it himself and to know something about adjustment .
There is a special plane with blade at 90 degrees , and those are used to true the sole of the Japanese plane .