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Forum topic by secharles posted 06-30-2018 11:27 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2018 11:27 PM

has anyone experience with this company:


also, way back in the early – mid eighties, there was a company in Suncook, New Hampshire USA, called Mahogany Masterpieces. it was run by a fellow names Robert majors if memory serves. do we know anything about it?

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#1 posted 06-30-2018 11:52 PM

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#2 posted 07-01-2018 01:34 AM

I couldn’t find anything on the website which ties in with my feeble memory. don’t remember the Mrs first name, but she was oriental in appearance. I bought some tools from their booth at a tool show in Hartford Connecticut.

in retrospect, I think they may have been ahead of the curve with their products and marketing on the east coast anyway.

things which I ponder in my day . . . .

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#3 posted 07-02-2018 01:09 AM

Have no experience with this supplier, but have done business in Asia for decades and learned how to validate internet sites. Here is what I see digging through local language and translated web pages: is a Taiwan based internet marking site. The site information in English is dated, no major updates in several years. They advertise having multiple distributors in Taiwan, but one is self owned store front in central Taiwain, and the other 2 are small privately owned hardware stores (north and south). There references on Google biz directory that Cabinhouse8 store is now closed? The local language site mentions opening of store front in 2015, but does not mention that it closed in 2018.

IMHO – product mix is really strange. They stock items from a couple of local mfg (Fulton is only one that is sold in USA), some Kreg, Bosch, and a varied list of Japanese items. This is not a full line, but is a niche supplier. The pricing on non-Taiwan/China made tools is not great, and is almost suggested retail based on current currency exchange rates. Buyer beware?

rereading you post and your ghostly profile, decided to add some editorial:

If you are trying to find a bargain prices on hand made Japanese tools, good luck!
Hand made Japanese hand tools are are hard enough to find, that getting any major discount is rare.

Quality Japanese tools are not typically massed produced. Even man made high volume sharpening stones & chisels are produced in small lots. Since supply is limited, they do not need or want thousands of distributors, and prefer to work on basis of good relationships to ensure best quality and service. These means finding a long list of WWW sites selling Japanese tools cheap is almost impossible.

If you look in every major country you can find WW sites offering Japanese tools for sale; Australia, UK, EU all have local distributors that carry Japanese tools. Buying from them from US is more expensive as you end up with multiple currency conversions and extra shipping. You are also limited to stock on hand, or suffer very long wait times.

There are a couple of USA WW sites that provide Japanese tool import service such as
Hida Tool and Hardware
Suzuki-Ya Tool
Japan Woodworker

Japan wood worker is a marketing sub-division of Wood Craft, and most products can be ordered from Wood Craft site.
Hida tool is interesting place to visit if you get near Berkley, CA and are interested in Japanese tools. Plethora of Japanese labeled packages reminded me of a visit I made to a wood working store while in Japan. :)
Difficult part of shopping is how 1st two are both in Berkley, CA, yet with almost zero over lap in mfg even with third? That is thanks to supply chain relationship management by suppliers.

If I want ‘discounted’ Japanese tools outside of that available from Woodcraft, Rockler, or most any other local wood working shop, I typically shop here:

Low cost entry level:
They sell what you can buy from any neighborhood hardware store in Japan. Massed produced everyday working tools. The Japanese chisels they sell hold an edge really well, and are low cost way to see if you like the different feel and handling of Japanese style chisel.

If want to get tools made in Japan and not marketed outside of Japan very often:
Tools From Japan
Owner Stu is honest, has personal relationships with his suppliers, many items are made to order or ordered from local mfg as orders are placed to him, has some of lowest prices, expect longer delivery times.

There are several Japanese sellers on ebay that offer Japanese woodworking tools. Most common items are mass produced for Japan market. Prices on everyday use chisels/stones/planes are discounted from retail price found if you bought from a ‘tool store’ in Japan. Prices on better quality hand made tools are typically near full retail.


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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