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Forum topic by unclearthur posted 05-31-2017 06:36 AM 1014 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2017 06:36 AM

Hi all. I’m headed to Japan in a few weeks for a family vacation ….. and I remember reading that they are well know for certain hand tools. Is there anything in particular that I should look out for to bring back ….. it would be a cool to have a souvenir which was also useful. I use mostly power tools and don’t have much in terms of hand tools, nothing of any real quality anyways, other than a set of OK chisels. Anything worth while bringing back for general purpose use?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 06:53 AM

Suggest you shop online. Much easier as there is no chain stores like Woodcraft Supply LLC.
Here is the online store:

There are many tools that I use from Saw, handplane and marking knives.

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 09:58 AM

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 10:24 AM

If you get a chance, you should drop by at a Tokyu Hands store. It is sort of a super hobby store, with tools and household goods on various floors. Lots of great stuff. They have woodworking hand tools, but mostly the lower to middle end stuff. Good source for synthetic sharpening stones.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 06:35 PM

If you’re going to Kyoto, check out Shigeharu. His store is near Nijo Castle and has nice hand-forged woodworking tools and chef knives.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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