So I have this rainy day pile of packages from Japan, just full of tools, right? And I have no earthly idea what is in them. Some of these have been sitting here for over 6 months now. Perhaps I need to take an inventory.
Wait, let me back up a moment. I finally got sick of having kanna strewn all over the top of my workbench, so I slapped together a quick rack out of some scrap lumber.
I would say that it's cute, but awfully small. Too small because it was immediately filled, and these are just my daily user planes. What about those other planes, the ones that are still in-progress? Wait a minute, how many kanna do I actually have, anyway?
I'm not ready to implicate myself quite yet, because my loving wife has been known to stop by occasionally and actually read this stuff. She is an amazingly patient and tolerant woman, but there are limits...... You know how on those YouTube videos of the old Japanese guy in his shop making tansu chests, there's a wall rack covered with tools? Let's say that it is clear where my aspirations lie.
Here is a video of my hero, Kiyoto Tanaka, doing a walkthrough of his lutherie studio. He is SUCH a dude! Amazing....
OK, old tool binge. Open all of the packages, and see what's in there. I won't bore you with everything, but there were some notable things, I thought. All of this stuff was bought from Junji/yusui. Check out his eBay auctions here.
Another matched set of hollow/round planes, plus others in various radii.
Three (!!!) Kanna used for trimming the insides of groove/dados. I am going to write an entire post on this type of tool, something to the effect of, "The most incredible tool that nobody knows about!". Maybe I can sell an article to Fine Woodworking magazine (hahahahaha!!!).
The two on the left are LEFT hand hibukura-ganna, and are used for trimming the RIGHT inside edge of a dovetail groove. I am perplexed, but the Takena carpentry tools museum (in English!) says it is so. They would know best, I figure. I will defer. The bottom comes to a point, letting you get into tight inside corners. The one on the right is a wakitori-ganna. It has a wider base for stability, 90° to the cutting edge, so it is better for dados.
Another hira-ganna smoothing plane (yeah, I know....).
The interesting thing, though, is that the dai feels very grippy. I think that it was treated with hot, melted paraffin (candle wax), either soaked in or painted on. I like it!
What I DON'T like is the way that the back of the blade was flattened/sharpened.
The user didn't tap out the back at all, he just kept grinding away on the stones. This is the hard steel side, so this blade will be WAY harder to sharpen than it needs to be. It's almost impossible to get a TRULY sharp edge with a flat back blade, due to hydraulic effect and fluid support. Too much surface area! That's why things like the Charlesworth "Ruler trick" are so popular with western plane users. It's such a nice blade otherwise. I generally wouldn't buy one that was treated like this. I will fix this condition in another post.
Two molding plane with an Ovolo profile, of different radii (thankfully!). Here is one.
In western terms, it is of boxed construction, with the contact surfaces made with red bamboo. The guides are tacked on using nails. I might have to change that :-\
In inwardly curved rounding plane.....
....with a reverse radius.
You could use this for smoothing the outside edge of your ship's wheel, Brandon!
A new (ish) chamfer plane. The one in back is one of my old ones, of a similar style. You loosen the wing nuts to spread the two guides apart, making the chamfer wider.
The new style has the right side guide anchored to the wing nut, so it automatically follows as you make the width adjustment. A VERY nice improvement! I had no idea!
Finally, a new (GASP!) saw, a Nakaya Eaks D210C joinery saw. The plate thickness is only 0.2mm!! I made a test cut and compared it to my other saws. The kerf is so thin that you might have to enlarge the photo.
The kerf width is half the thickness of my next finest saw, and only about 0.3mm wide. It is much thinner than a 0.5mm mechanical pencil lead. NICE SAW!!
My wife will be pleased to hear that, instead of being excited about buying a bunch of old tools, I now feel like........
A box of tools is full of a potential, but it is also an obligation. And lots of work.