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sanLuigi
01-16-2013, 10:27 AM
Hello,
I have money for one chisel at this time, would 3/8ths be the best choice for making small to mid size Saya (e.g., paring, petty, and maybe 210 Gyuto Sizes)?
From what I have read, some of the craftsman have many from which to choose, but use the smaller for most projects.
Later, I may post some of the completed sayas for a few chuckles.
Thanks,
Mike

Squilliam
01-16-2013, 11:07 AM
If you're only going to be doing smaller sayas then perhaps a carving gouge would be more economical. A 3/8ths saya nomi would be a fine size IMO, especially for the smaller jobs.

sanLuigi
01-17-2013, 05:04 PM
Thank you for the response.
Mike

Marko Tsourkan
01-20-2013, 12:59 AM
Yes, 3/8 is a good size. Just make sure you get saya nomi chisel. Japan Wood Worker has them at about $150 per chisel. They flex and it is crucial in carving a saya. Bent chisels that do not flex are pretty useless in my opinion. The next good size is 5/8. I would not bother with 1". It's for swords sayas.

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sanLuigi
01-21-2013, 10:05 AM
Marko,
Good write up on how to make a Saya. Thanks for the response.
Mike

Marko Tsourkan
01-21-2013, 08:20 PM
You bet