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Tasai Oire Nomi Japanese Chisels at The Best Things
Tasai Japanese Cabinetmaker's Chisels Mr. Tasai, master chisel maker

Mr. Tasai is one of the most reknowned blacksmiths still making chisels by hand in Japan, and is perhaps the most famous of the great masters in the United States. It is an honor for us to be able to offer his work. Like the chisels of his counterpart, Mr. Ikeda, which we are also privileged to offer, we do not believe that it would be possible to make better chisels than these. Interestingly, Mr. Ikeda choses to work in "white steel" and Mr. Tasai uses "Blue Steel". Neither can be said to be a better choice, it is a personal preference. Some will tell you that "Blue Steel" has slightly better edge retention, but is harder to sharpen. We find both of these makers' chisels hold an edge so well compared to the European chisels that we offer, that it hardly matters if there is any difference between the steel.

We offer Tasai chisels in three styles: the diamond back (Shinogi) bench chisels (Oire Nomi) which are primarily for dovetailing, standard bevelled bench chisels (Oire Nomi) which are general purpose bench chisels, and the dimond back (Shinogi) paring (Usu) chisels (Nomi) which are for very fine hand use only. It should be noted that we have seen offered by some other vendors, chisels that are touted as being by Tasai but which are really Tasai forgings that are finished by another company. Tasai has a long standing relationship with another company that dates from before he became famous, to supply blank chisel forgings. While Mr. Tasai clearly no longer needs this business, he continues to supply this company out of a sense of loyalty for their help to him in his early days. These are also very good chisels, but they are not true Tasai chisels made by the master himself. It concerns us greatly that these chisels are offered for sale in the US as if they were true Tasai chisels when they clearly are not. If you see Tasai chisels being offered at prices significantly below ours, then you would be well advised to be very wary.

Tasai Mokume Shinogi Oire - Japanese Cabinetmaker's Dovetailing Chisels
8 3/4" overall with 3 3/4" Red Sandalwood handle. Hand forged damascus steel blade. Full width bevels (diamond back) for dovetailing. These chisels are made to metric dimensions, the inch equivalents are approximate.
Tasai Mokume Shinogi Oire Damascus Dovetail Chisels
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Description Price Qty Buy
Tasai 3mm (1/8") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $249.95
B/O
Tasai 6mm (1/4") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $249.95
B/O
Tasai 9mm (3/8") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $249.95
B/O
Tasai 12mm (1/2") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $264.95
B/O
Tasai 18mm (3/4") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $299.95
B/O
Tasai 24mm (1") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $319.95
B/O
Tasai 30mm (1 3/16") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $339.95
B/O
Tasai 36mm (1 3/8") Mokume Shinogi Oire Chisel $359.95
B/O
Set of 6
Includes 3mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm and 24mm.
$1499.95
B/O
Set of 8
Includes all 8 chisels listed above.
$2179.95
B/O

Tasai Shinogi Oire Nomi - Japanese Cabinetmaker's Dovetailing Chisels
9" overall with 4" Red Oak handle. Hand forged blue steel blade. Full width bevels (diamond back) for dovetailing. These chisels are made to metric dimensions, the inch equivalents are approximate.
Tasai Shinogi Oire Nomi Dovetail Chisels
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Description Price Qty Buy
Tasai 3mm (1/8") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $184.95
B/O
Tasai 6mm (1/4") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $189.95
Tasai 9mm (3/8") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $194.95
Tasai 12mm (1/2") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $199.95
Tasai 18mm (3/4") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $219.95
Tasai 24mm (1") Shinogi Oire Nomi Chisel $259.95
Set of 6
Includes all 6 chisels listed above.
$1179.95

Tasai Oire Nomi - Japanese Cabinetmaker's Bench Chisels
9" overall with 4" Red Oak handle. Hand forged blue steel blade. These chisels are made to metric dimensions, the inch equivalents are approximate.
Tasai Oire Nomi BenchChisels
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Description Price Qty Buy
Tasai 3mm (1/8") Oire Nomi Chisel $184.95
Tasai 6mm (1/4") Oire Nomi Chisel $189.95
Tasai 9mm (3/8") Oire Nomi Chisel $194.95
Tasai 12mm (1/2") Oire Nomi Chisel $199.95
Tasai 18mm (3/4") Oire Nomi Chisel $219.95
Tasai 24mm (1") Oire Nomi Chisel $259.95
Tasai 30mm (1 1/4") Oire Nomi Chisel $269.95
Tasai 36mm (1 3/8") Oire Nomi Chisel $289.95
Set of 6
Includes 6 chisels, 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", and 1"
$1179.95
Set of 8
Includes all 8 sizes listed above.
$1679.95

Tasai Shinogi Usu Nomi - Japanese Cabinetmaker's Paring Chisels
14 1/4" overall with 6 3/4" Red Oak handle. Hand forged blue steel blade. Long thin blades for fine work. Not to be struck with a mallet. These chisels are made to metric dimensions, the inch equivalents are approximate.
Tasai Shinogi Usu Nomi Dovetail Chisels
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Description Price Qty Buy
Tasai 3mm (1/8") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $249.95
B/O
Tasai 6mm (1/4") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $259.95
Tasai 9mm (3/8") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $269.95
Tasai 12mm (1/2") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $279.95
Tasai 18mm (3/4") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $289.95
Tasai 24mm (1") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $299.95
Tasai 30mm (1 1/4") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $329.95
Tasai 36mm (1 3/8") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $369.95
Tasai 48mm (2") Shinogi Usu Nomi Chisel $399.95
Set of 6
Includes 6 chisels: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", and 1"
$1495.95
Set of 9
Includes all 9 sizes listed above.
$2395.95

Tasai Mortice Chisels
10 1/4" overall with 4 1/4" Red Oak handle. Hand forged blue steel blade. A classic morticing chisel, with the width tapering slightly to the rear to allow for slight twisting, and from top to bottom to minimize sticking in the mortice. A finer morticing chisels is not made today. For the connoisseur. These chisels are made to metric dimensions, the inch equivalents are approximate.
Tasai Mortise Chisels
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Description Price Qty Buy
Tasai 3mm (1/8") Mortice Chisel $244.95
Tasai 6mm (1/4") Mortice Chisel $249.95
Tasai 9mm (3/8") Mortice Chisel $259.95
B/O
Tasai 12mm (1/2") Mortice Chisel $269.95
Set of 4
Includes all 4 sizes listed above.
$969.95
B/O


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