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    Japanese Hammer

    I've been thinking about getting a Japanese hammer for joinery work.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Mine came from the Lee Valley Clearance bin some years back for $10. I made a lovely larger curved handle from hickory that added weight, accuracy and comfort. Really like using it.
    ​You can do a lot with very little! You can do a little more with a lot!

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    Can you be more specific as to which hammer? I looked at hammers and did not see a "Japanese hammer" at Lee Valley, but I only spent a few minutes looking at it. Is this a hammer to adjust a plane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Pitonyak View Post
    ... did not see a "Japanese hammer" at Lee Valley, ....
    I don't see any there either. (Hence, perhaps, the clearance bin....)

    Search this site for "Gennou". There have been several threads, e.g:

    The Japanese Gennou (Hammer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bassett View Post
    I don't see any there either. (Hence, perhaps, the clearance bin....)

    Search this site for "Gennou". There have been several threads, e.g:

    The Japanese Gennou (Hammer)
    I should have done this first. Thanks much for this link. I will look for other links as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel David Katz View Post
    I should have done this first. ...
    Oh course, in this case, you probably don't know what to search for until you ask....

    Anyway, glad I could help.

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    Gosh, I sure miss Stan Covington. Excellent resource of information re all tools of Japan.

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    Found a picture with it in, my new handle. Clearance bin from some years back, at least 7. Original handle was smaller straight and lighter, did nothing for me. Inspired by a thread on here to make the new handle, it transforms the hammer.


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    Joel Google Covington and sons tools and it will take you to Stan's blog. You can contact him through the info on his blog and I'm sure he will provide you with all the information you require.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel David Katz View Post
    I've been thinking about getting a Japanese hammer for joinery work.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi David

    I have a couple of gennous. For Japanese bench chisels, when dovetailing - that is, gentle work - my preferred size is a 225gm head.

    Tenryu Tsuchime Shikaku. The one at the rear is 325gm, which is better for moderate blows.



    The one downside to these hammers is that they can be noisy. For times of quiet, I use this UHMW-headed mallet, which began life as one from Lee Valley. The UHMW has excellent characteristics, combining feedback and non-destructive contact.



    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Last edited by Derek Cohen; 06-18-2019 at 7:37 PM.

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    Derek...

    Do you recommend a vendor for the 225g Tenryu Tsuchime Shikaku? Thanks...

    - David

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    David ...

    http://www.japan-tool.com/

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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