I went in splurged on a wood is good mallet with the polymer layer, so that means I could conceivable order the chisels in the link with the hoops unmounted. Then try them without for a while.
No. Japanese bench chisels are designed to be used with a gennou, which is a steel-headed hammer. Holding and tapping the end adds to precision. A soft headed mallet will not provide the ideal feedback, and a round mallet lacks precision.
The hoops are not set up for you when you purchase a Japanese bench chisel (incidentally, "dovetail" chisels are also bench chisels). The hoops need to be set below the wood at the end of the handle, and the end splayed over the hoop. This makes it more comfortable to push with the hand.
There are many, many makes of Japanese chisels. My recommendation for a decent price (but not cheap) with superior performance is the Koyamaichi range. Try Tools from Japan or Lee Valley.
Paring chisels, or slicks, come without hoops. The blades are thinner and the bevels are a lower 25 degrees (while the bench chisels are 30 degrees). Slicks are not to be hit - you will damage the blade!The good slocks have an offset handle, which makes it easier to hold the chisel lower to the work, and so reducing the cutting angle.
Regards from Perth
Thanks for the info, I'll try the mallet anyways it's quite heavy so probably would not use for more delicate work my wish to use the mallets is to reduce sharp attack sound of metal against metal thus keeping noise levels down, so will be willing to lose some of the feedback for that reason. For sure I'll be getting the gennou's offered at Fine Tools.
I'm going for the Ouchi and Koyamachi chisels offered at Tools from Japan, as I find them competitively prised and good value for functionality.. I'm tuned into having to possibly set the hoops or at least adjust them..I'm going with gumi handles..
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