This violin-maker’s knife made of Japanese steel is first and foremost a high-quality tool for all tasks related to violin-making. These are blades made by the famous Japanese master blacksmiths following the tradition of the great katanas. That is why they offer excellent sharpness, resilience and durability.
Violin-maker’s knife made of Japanese steel
These blades are made of a combination of different qualities of hammered steel. In fact, it is a bit like a puff pastry. It is the same technique that gives them a great strength and robustness despite a very hard blade. By the way, the hardest part of this “sandwich” is in the middle. That is why all the blades have a central bevel.
Advantages of these knives
- First of all, they are easy to sharpen as the mix of “soft” and “hard” steel allows you to work faster.
- Furthermore, the hardness of the blade is really important, which makes it possible to achieve an unbelievable cut and to increase your precision on the most delicate jobs.
- Secondly, they keep their sharpness over a very long period of time, even with intensive use.
- Finally, they are also very beautiful and, if properly tended to, they will last for decades.
My review on using these blades
Personnaly, I’ve been using these blades for years in my workshop. After many researches and trials with European and American steels, I have found that the Japanese one was the best fit for me. I’ve lightly modified some blades so that they match my daily use. Moreover, it is possible to make a handle that fits your needs with a piece of wood.
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