Blacksmiths name (mei) are present on all tools. The lamination lines are clean and well shaped (note how the high carbon steel turns up the sides of the chisel for added strength and durability - this is a hallmark of a well made J chisel).The 48mm has a somewhat slim lamination profile (This is common with old chisels due to scarce resources) but with proper sharpening and conservative back honing it will perform and last as any other. Backs and bevels have been flattened and sharpened on a 100 micron stone. The 15mm has been sharpened on #12000 natural Kyoto stone to show the iron bands on the Ji-gane. This particular chisel sharpens soo quickly because of this nice soft iron.
A rare and premium chisel! All have great back hollows that are well shaped and symmetrical.A few are close to perfect cond. Lots of life left in these! No dents or chips to cutting edges. Very tough age hardened steel on these old chisels. (over time forge laminated steel will harden as the austenite converts to martensite). Steel molecules become very interlocked and durable. Due to the antique nature of these tools, there is some surface corrosion and blemishes from years of use. This however is entirely aesthetic, since it does not occur on or near the cutting edges and will thus not impact their performance. Handles are made from white and red Japanese oak but some have a more UV aged coloring than others. Sizes are 15, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48 mm. In a few days you will have them in hand. Thanks for looking, please ask any questions you may have. The item "Set of 6 Japanese Tataki NomiAntique Timber Framing ChiselsWood Mortising" is in sale since Wednesday, November 20, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tools, Hardware & Locks\Tools\Carpentry, Woodworking\Chisels". The seller is "timbertetsu" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.