Japanese chisels look much like Western chisels – until you look at the back! Why are they dished like that? For a very good reason that makes them easier to sharpen and maintain while offering a sharp, long-lasting edge. Wilbur Pan has been a woodworker for many years, primarily focusing on Japanese hand tools. In this video, he goes into detail about Japanese tool metallurgy and how that affects the design and construction of Japanese chisels. You’ll learn how to sharpen them and how to set up the handle for the most comfortable use. Japanese chisels are the easiest way to start incorporating Japanese tools into your shop!
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Wilbur Pan is a woodworker from New Jersey, and has been interested in Japanese tools ever since discovering the joys of hand tool woodworking. He has published articles on Japanese tools in Popular Woodworking Magazine, has taught numerous classes on Japanese tools including at Woodworking in America, and is responsible for giant Cypress (giantcypress.net), a blog focusing on Japanese tool use.