If you’re buying a Japanese chisel for the first time, you need to know that it will require some setup before you can use it. For these tools come in what Westerners might think of as rather unfinished condition. Setting the hoop, creating the appropriate bevel angle, and flattening the back of the blade are left to the craftsman. Jon Reed Fox also strips the finish from the handles and blades of new chisels and replaces it with a coat of oil. Learn how to set up your chisel and start working with these fine tools.
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