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'Inoue Hamono' in Tokyo

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Blog entry by metolius posted 04-19-2019 07:39 PM 362 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

originally posted in the Hand Tools forum

I had the pleasure of having to travel to Tokyo for work last week. The work hours were long, but I found some time to scour up the interesting experience of Inoue-san’s tool shop. I understand that the shop has been there for over 100 years and is hosted by its 4th generation.

If you are a hand tool fan, and find yourself in the area, its definitely a destination.

Of all the hammers, chisels, planes, saws, marking, measuring, and un-nameable things to see, I came out with a very nice 210mm Ryoba, and 3 dovetail chisels (6,9,12mm).


My wealth hindered much more.

The chisels are stamped with “井上” ( Inoue) and are still waiting for their rings to be set.

GoogleMaps has some pictures inside the store and location

-- derek / oregon



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#1 posted 04-19-2019 10:27 PM

Very nice. Love the city, love the tools.

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 08:12 AM

That’s an eye watering display in the shop. It must have been a difficult choice of what to buy, The planes look particularly interesting.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 04-24-2019 05:34 AM

Hi Thanks for the post. I’m visiting Tokyo next month with a few days in Taito city looking up some of the Edo sashimono craftsmen. I have a few tools on my shopping list, thinking they would be cheaper in Japan. But I’ve also found the same things on eBay, shipped direct from Japan with free postage, which look very reasonable. So can you remember what you paid for your various tools.

Martin

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 04-24-2019 04:52 PM



Hi Thanks for the post. I m visiting Tokyo next month with a few days in Taito city looking up some of the Edo sashimono craftsmen. I have a few tools on my shopping list, thinking they would be cheaper in Japan. But I ve also found the same things on eBay, shipped direct from Japan with free postage, which look very reasonable. So can you remember what you paid for your various tools.

Martin

- madburg

Madburg,
The chisels I purchased were each about ¥8400, the ryoba was ¥7600.

There is a large range of items. I recall a hand forged ryoba was priced at ¥25000.

I understand that Inoue also teaches. I look forward to a report of your experiences!

-- derek / oregon

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