August 14, 2018

Tuning Your New Japanese Plane Before First Use

Our planes, like all Japanese planes, ship from the manufacturer with a small amount of tuning yet to be done. This allows users to tune their plane for use in the conditions it will be continually used in, eliminating the problem of wood movement between climates. 

Click here for our printable colour pdf with instructions on how to tune your plane. 

July 26, 2018

Whetstones, Wetstones, Waterstones & Water Stones

We are often asked about using whetstones, wetstones and water stones for sharpening tools and knives, so we thought we’d take a moment to clear up the confusion. Water stones are whetsones, and also wet stones. Some would call them wet whetstones. The word whetstone is derived from the verb, “to whet”, according to the oxford dictionary;

whet
VERB — whetted, whets, whetting
Sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon)
‘she took out her dagger and began to whet its blade in even, rhythmic strokes’
Excite or stimulate (someone’s desire, interest, or appetite)
‘here’s an extract to whet your appetite’

Any stone that is used to sharpen an edge becomes a whetstone, whether it be natural, artificial, lubricated by oil or water, or used dry or wet. A wetstone is not really a stone, just a misspelled whetstone, and a wet stone can be a Japanese waterstone, or a pebble skimming across a lake.

Japanese Tools Australia sells a number of whetstones, most of them to be used with water, never oil (our only exceptions here are the versatile Dual Stones). Our Cerax waterstones are perfect for whetting the cutting edge of a kitchen knife or woodworking tools, but probably not great for whetting your appetite.

The important factor to consider when purchasing a waterstone is balancing how long the stone will maintain its flatness with the speed at which it cuts by revealing new abrasive, as well as the obvious consideration of cost. Click here for more information on sharpening stones.

July 26, 2018

Sydney Knife Show 2018

Once a year JTA ventures beyond the boundaries of the traditional woodworking community and finds itself wide-eyed and somewhat warily setting up shop at the Sydney knife show, which this year falls on August 4 and 5 at Rosehill Racecourse. Of course, we soon get used to all the heavy metal on display and always have a great time.

Knife- and blade-making is enjoying something of a renaissance in Australia as makers from both metal- and wood-working backgrounds delve into this area of craftsmanship that so elegantly brings the two worlds together. 

We'll be slicing down our exhibit to focus on our range of Japanese kitchen knives and premium sharpening stones for this one. If you're interested in seeing for yourself what people all over Australia are making for use in the culinary arts, check out the event website here and we'll see you down there.

July 26, 2018

WA Woodshow 2018

The Western Australian Woodshow on the 3rd, 4th & 5th of August at Claremont Showgrounds will be our final event on the west coast for the year, but promises to be another great event with fantastic exhibitors and a great turn out. 

The WA event features continuous demonstrations from experienced woodworkers, turners and luthiers too numerous to list, and also a great range of premium tool makers and sellers such as Chris Vesper, Lie-Nielson Tools Australia, Timbecon, Woodcraft supplies and many more. We'll be there with a selected range, and whatever we don't stock at the show can be shipped via regular post free of charge.

Manning the JTA stand in Perth will be friend of JTA and master woodcarver Hape Kiddle. Always up for a chat and a mine of information on all things carving, drop past and say hi. 

For all the particulars and details of the show, visit the site here.