I'm just looking for any excuse to not do what I should be doing, which is working on the house. We are relocating to Hilo, Hawaii in just a few short months, and there are a multitude of loose ends to tie up, before we rent out our house.
My friend tsuresuregusa wants more details of the tack hammer that I use for ura-dashi.
This is a little tack hammer that I picked up at a thrift store/junk shop for a couple of $'s. One end of the head is split, to better hold small tacks (at least I *think* that is the reasoning). The split end is the face that I use ( I would prefer that the face were NOT split, but......). The most important detail is that I filed the faces to have sharp corners. This allows the hammer to really dig in, making nice tiny divots in the metal. A smooth face will tend to slip. I want something that will grab and gouge!
It is a small, but precise tool, and makes ura-dashi fun, rather than nerve wracking. It's so much fun, I do chisel blades, too.
I have another hammer head that has been patiently waiting for a new handle.
This little guy has forge welded inserts on both faces, and one end comes to a nice sharp wedged shape.
Looking for guidance.
This is on my wish list, maybe not this exact hammer, but something in this style.
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A funate genno with a good sharp end. This would be just the tool, for those hard to convince kanna blades.
The process of ura-dashi is made soooooo much easier if the kanna blade is made with ren-tetsu wrought iron. The soft iron works very easily, helping you to shape the blade as you choose. Less force is required, so there is less likelihood of grievous mishap. A regular soft iron backed kanna blade seems to require at least twice as much force. Wrought iron...... It's about more than just good looks.