Japanese tools have long been admired and desired for their quality and durability. Unfortunately, they can be hard to find outside of Japan and even then it can be hard to find ones suited for a luthier's use. We aim to change that. Yusuke is a third-generation Japanese luthier and his family and friends have a very long history of using high-quality Japanese tools to make instruments.
We're building relationships with manufacturers. Our plan is to get you the very best of Japan for building the guitars, basses, and ukuleles you're passionate about.
The Iwasaki File Co. in Gunma Prefecture is making quite a splash in the woodworking world with its amazing "chemical polishing" technology. Known in the west as razor files, these tools have specially formed teeth and grooves that result in removal of wood that is faster than rasps and smoother than files. No pressure needed! To top it off, the design keeps the file clean of removed material automatically.
15 styles are available (11 chemically-polished) with a number of options like curvature, length, and cut.
|MK150A3B||flat||medium||16 x 200mm||$17.50|
|MK150B3B||half-round||medium||16 x 200mm||$17.50|
|MKCP008A5B||flat||x-fine||10 x 200mm||$23.44|
|MKCP008B5B||half-round||x-fine||10 x 200mm||$23.44|
|MK200A3||flat||medium||20 x 200mm||$23.44|
|MK200B3||half-round||medium||21 x 200mm||$23.44|
|MKCP150A4||flat||fine||16 x 150mm||$23.12|
|MKCP150B4||half-round||fine||16 x 150mm||$23.12|
|MKCP200A4||flat||fine||20 x 200mm||$27.94|
|MKCP200B4||half-round||fine||20 x 200mm||$27.94|
|MKCP150A5||flat||x-fine||16 x 150mm||$24.89|
|MKCP150B5||half-round||x-fine||16 x 150mm||$24.89|
|MKCP200A5||flat||x-fine||20 x 200mm||$30.97|
|MKCP200B5||half-round||x-fine||20 x 200mm||$30.99|
MKa part of every code
###length of file in mm (exception "008" for the 3 narrow files)
A/BA = flat; B = half-round
3/4/53 = medium; 4 = fine; 5 = x-fine
B/Rhas a handle
Nitto brand files are made in Niigata Prefecture by Ishikoma Co. Ltd., the oldest manufacturer of files in Japan (est. 1899). The region itself is known for its history of exceptional swordmaking, along with other blacksmithing products. It's also known for sake, but we don't import that.
This feather-edge saw file is sharp, precise and easy to control - making it the perfect tool for that important first cut to start the slots in an instrument's nut.
Slotting files are great for finishing a slot but not for starting a cut. Saws are awkward and can easily cause damage. Knives cut too narrow. These files are the perfect tool for the job and are in high demand from some of the major guitar manufacturers.
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