These beautifully hand forged and ground laminated Japanese paring chisels from Fujikawa are a delight to use.
Japanese paring chisels are light elegant tools designed for creating precision surfaces by hand, they are only pushed, never struck, and certainly never used to lever or pry. The blades are formed from hard white paper steel No.1 wrapped around a softer iron jigane body that provides strength. This type of construction means that with careful heat treatment the cutting edge can be made much harder, giving an exquisitely crisp edge that holds for ages, especially in hard or abrasive timbers.
Mr Fujikawa insists on absolutely traditional methods. The Blacksmiths work in a darkened forge so that they can see the colour of the steel they are working. The hearths are fired with coke, creating a carbon rich environment to minimise carbon loss as the steel is heated. Quenching is done in water as this provides the fast quench needed for highly pure steels, the naturally soft water in Miki city is particularly well suited to the job. The blades are finally cooled in straw ash, again to retain as much carbon as possible whilst the steel structure changes after the quench.
The set of 5 Fujikawa Kinari Nomi Japanese Paring Chisels contains the following sizes: