Chinese hardwood handles. Mixture of forms (flat, flat/skew, curved, V), in cotton tool roll.
Traditional Chinese carving tools
These exceptional carving tools emanate from two forges on the southern Chinese city of Dongyang, a centre of the sculpting craft. With the small chisels, the durable blades are sharply tapered into a pointed tang. The larger chisels have a socket-shaped throat which holds the handle and prevents splitting. The small chisels are made of carbon-steel (C 60, approx. 58 HRC). The socket chisels are of forged double-layered steel (above 60 HRC). In line with Chinese tradition, the chisels are only roughly ground by the blacksmith. It is the user who makes the chisels ready-for-use by fine grinding to the required sharpness and mounting the handles.