Japanese Woodworking Tools Series
Shirabiki (Marking Knife)
Used on cross grain for marking tenon shoulders or the length of mortises.
In fact, these knives are an example of my Western ignorance; they are actually:
Kiridashi-kogatana (large angled all-purpose knives).
I bought them in Japan and have used them as marking knives, but my research reveals the actual shirabiki has a cutting edge angle much greater in order to mark instead of cut (45 rather than 25 degrees) and is unhandled.
These kogatana (knives) are used for pencil-sharpening and cutting wood, bamboo, card, etc. Doh.
I bought the little canvas tool pouch in Japan because I love it. There was a box of them at a market and I wish I'd bought more. The erudite @garagewoodworking has helped me identify it as a little promotional item for "Mr Wada's Copper and Iron Store" and judging by the single digit area code, perhaps from Sano City on the outskirts of Tokyo, circa 1970.
In 1970, Japan had a population of 1,083 people per square mile, compared to 85 in the US, 305 in China and 655 in India.
For some, 1970 marked the end of the summer of love and the laid back 1960s. The National Guard shot dead four Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, Arab commandos hijacked three jets bound for New York fro Europe and there was an assassination attempt on Pope Paul VI in the Phillipines.
Edward Heath became British Prime Minister, Israel and the UAR agreed to a 99-day truce along the Suez yet the Paris peace talks ended their second full year without progress towards peace in Vietnam.
In that year, Hemingway's "Islands in the Stream" was published posthumously, "Catch-22" was one of the films of the year and Burt Bacharach won two Academy Awards (for the soundtrack of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the song "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head".
Three of my favourite songs of 1970 are "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" by the Hollies, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin and "American Woman" by the Guess Who. May I also mention Elvis' "Kentucky Rain" and "Patches" by Clarence Carter, one of the greatest tear-jerkers of all time?
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