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Kiyotada Oiire Nomi (collector's item) POA AU 1 Oiire

Kiyotada (Shimamura Kouzaburou)

The blacksmith's name is Kouzaburou Shimamura. He has been featured in the "Uchibamono Shokunin" from the knife magazine. He was a very rare "modern Tokyo blacksmith", along with the great master Ichihiro who has saddly just passed away, and another master Nagahiro who is over 80 years old. Most of the production is now in Niigata prefecture (Sanjo and Yoita city) and Hyogo prefecture (Miki city). The rent is too expensive in Tokyo now even for these famous blacksmiths.

Mr. Shimamura has already retired almost ten years ago, and the factory has been demolished recently. This is the kind of chisel Japanese woodworkers and carpenters yearn for. Kiyotada chisels are now almost impossible to get (even I don't think can get them...) after being featured in many books and magazines, and now that he has retired no one and no shops are selling anymore.

Tokyo chisels are basically a little shorter and thiner (the lenght is about 20cm) than those made elsewhere (about 23cm). This is quite used so it is even smaller, about 18~19cm average. And another important thing is that they are all perfectly adjusted and ready to be used.

Starting out with tools that are already properly adjusted, and seeing what they look like and how well they cut would be a great advantage. It would take at least a month to adjust and sharpen all ten chisels even if I worked on it everyday. Proper adjusting takes that much time and effort. Authentic Japanese tools are expected to be adjusted by the users (even though many Japanese can't nowadays, so they are quickly replaced by replaceable blade tools) thus only 80% at the time of purchase. Many books should explain that I suppose.

The steel is White Steel #1.

Formerly owned and used by a Tokyo carpenter. I have restored as much as possible to make them look nice, and have been using them myself. The handle is polished, oiled and French polished. There is a large size Chu-tataki nomi and a Shirahiki knife inclued, both made by Shimamura blacksmith.