Our Mokume Damascus Bench Chisels are hand forged by master chisel maker Akio Tasai. Mokume or Mokume-dane is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Mokume translates to "wood grain metal" or "wood eye metal." He has developed a special high carbon blue steel which he feels is ideal for cutting North American hard woods such as walnut and maple. He forge welds this steel, which forms the cutting edge, to a backing made of multiple layers of hard and soft steel and twists the backing material to form the shank. Mr. Tasai then individually hand tempers each chisel to Rc65. The handles are best quality Japanese Red Oak. These chisels are made to stand up to the heaviest work in any wood.
The set includes 6 chisels - (9mm, 12mm, 18mm, 24mm, 30mm, 36mm.) Blade length 60 mm, overall length 225 mm, blade thickness 6 - 7.5 mm, 32 layers.
Mr. Tasai began his apprenticeship at age 12 and now has over 48 years of experience as a master blacksmith. Tasai chisels are highly valued and demand often exceeds supply.
• Handcrafted in Japan by master chisel maker Akio Tasai
• Made with a special high carbon blue steel
• Handles are the best quality Japanese Red Oak