Japanese kanna wrap - plane iron protection.

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Project by mafe posted 07-11-2012 10:26 AM 12623 views 7 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese plane wrap
plane iron protection

Since I like to sharpen my Japanese planes really well, the fact they are stored in the toolbox and I like to keep the blade out ready for use, I decided to make some protectors for the irons while stored.

1. Planes all wrapped up.
2. A piece of leather.
3. Cut to shape and make a hole.
4. Add a leather string.
5. Also protects the planes from each other.
6. And looks beautiful too I think.

(I know leather is not wood, so no one need to remind me).

I hope this could be to some inspiration, perhaps even protection of some plane irons.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 10:30 AM

Leather is, like, animal wood ;)
At least to me! :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 07-11-2012 11:14 AM

Nicely put Thomas ! Couldn’t say it better

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#3 posted 07-11-2012 11:23 AM

Very simple idea. Simple is good.

Take care.

-- Doug

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-11-2012 11:39 AM

Great job, my friend!! They look like originals produced in Tokyo. You have captured the Japanese way!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-11-2012 11:41 AM

So nice Mads

Gives it total CLASS

Perhaps you could help me with how to make

a Kanna?

I have this blade

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 07-11-2012 12:44 PM

Oh yea. I know when you open the lid on that box, breath in, and smell that mm mmm leather. Gr8 idea for protection

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 07-11-2012 02:06 PM

They look nice and cozy in those wraps Mads.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 07-11-2012 03:28 PM

What type of leather did you use?
I have seen some leather called “acid tanned” that can cause metal to rust.
I believe there is also “oil tanned” that is supposed to be safe for metal.
At least that is what I remember from my father who was a saddle maker.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#9 posted 07-11-2012 05:51 PM

Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 07-11-2012 06:05 PM

Hello Mafe

A nice idea

I agree with thomas !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 07-11-2012 06:33 PM

A great idea Mads. Leather and woodworking tools seem like natural partners to me (together with bandages and disinfectant in my case).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 07-11-2012 08:25 PM

Cool idea and looks great. I have enjoyed your sheath making for your knifes as well from past blogs. The color of this leather looks really well matched with the whole layout of the tools and wood.

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#13 posted 07-11-2012 08:34 PM

Just enhances the oriental philosophy of wood working.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 07-11-2012 08:57 PM

Acid tanned leather=urea, Veg tanned=tannic acid, chrome tanned=chromic acid, oil tanned=veg tanned+animal oil.
Takes some type of acid to “set” the lipid fibers in a hide.
Chrome or oil tans seem to collect “less” moisture. (Less open fibers to absorb water)
Veg tans readily accept water to facilitate tooling or stamping.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#15 posted 07-12-2012 07:17 AM

Thank you ksSlim! I am sure I remember dad talking of a purely oil set OR tanned hide. You have added to our knowledge!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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