Japanese Chisels Gisuke 6-36mm


Japanese butt chisels (Oire Nomi), with a laminated carbon steel blade.



Japanese Chisels Gisuke –  a great introduction to traditional Japanese woodworking

A robust and fine Japanese chisel, perfect for cabinet-making and smaller scale work. It offers a balance of affordability and high quality, providing an excellent entry point for novices eager to learn about traditional japanese woodworking.

Japanese Chisels Gisuke
Japanese Chisels Gisuke


  • Cutting edge is made of Hitachi high-carbon steel (60-62HRC) for sharpness and durability, laminated with softer steel which allows for easier sharpening
  • Traditional hollow back (Ura) for ease of sharpening
  • Meant to be used with steel hammer
  • Steel is high in carbon therefore requires for special care to prevent corrosion
  • Handles made from white oak


  • Widths: 6 – 36 mm
  • Bevel angle: ~30°
  • Blade length: 55mm
  • Overall length: 215mm

Recommendations for Maintenance & Sharpening:

Japanese Chisels Gisuke


Before using traditional japanese chisels need to be prepared for use by the owner. The hoop at the end of the handle has to be fitted to prevent the handle from splitting.

Traditional Carbon Steel Japanese Chisels  distinguish themeselves with extremely good edge retention. They are however made from carbon steel, very hard but also brittle (more brittle than most people are used to) and rusting. Therefore take good care of this tool, keep the tool clean after use and wipe it down with camelia oil ocasionally. We offer a Steel Maintenance Package great for all Japanese edge tools.

Blades may vary in length slightly and handles might differ in colour and grain from those showed in the pictures. These variations in no way affect the quality of a chisel but rather add a touch of uniqueness.

Made in Japan – TAKAGI

Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg


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