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Ichihiro Oiire 21mm with Boxwood Handle by Kane-ei   AU 1 Oiire

I am not eager to sell Ichihiro chisels at all. But as they are such amazing tools, I will list a couple of photos to share their beauty. If you insist on buying these master pieces, I will give you a quote, but don't be surprised by the price. It will not be a good investment piece.

The steel is White Steel #1. I was always dubious about the super expensive price until when I first aquired Ichihiro chisels and sharpened them. I had thought that I was passed off a fake which was made of Blue Steel #1. It was that different from other White Steel #1 tools. Unfortunately I have never met Yamazaki-san in person, and now that he rests in peace I never will be albe to... I used to live so close to him when I was back in Japan.

The blade wrapped with rust proof paper with Ichihiro's stamp on. The handle is tsuge (boxwood) by Kane-ei. The stone beneathe is Atago super thick (68mm) lineless stone. Good for tools but especially good with knives.

Ichihiro's 21mm (7bu) is very very unusual, and when it's a men-tori style practically none existent. The stone beneathe is my collection piece Maruka Nakayama Kiita.

The famous handmade black hollow. The hollow is meticulously made by hand using a handtool called "sen". Ichihiro uses pine charcoal for the hardening process, so you can see the unique pattern in the oxide film on the back.

New brand mark stamp, which Yamazaki-san started using right before he passed.

Meticulously shaped and filed tang.