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Offline rmhinden

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Tools Stores in Tokyo
« on: October 29, 2018, 02:45 PM »
I will be in Tokyo in a few weeks.  Any suggestions on tool related stores in Tokyo?   We thinking of some new chisels, measuring gauges, etc.

Thanks.
Bob

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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2018, 03:00 PM »
Tokyu Hands

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyu_Hands

A department store for everything done with hands from cutting sushi to sawing wood.

Offline Sometimewoodworker

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 01:46 AM »
I will be in Tokyo in a few weeks.  Any suggestions on tool related stores in Tokyo?   We thinking of some new chisels, measuring gauges, etc.

Thanks.
Where in Tokyo will you be staying, having lived there for a while I may be able to make suggestions, certainly one of the TokyoHands shops is a reasonable start
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 02:32 AM »
Tokyu Hands

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyu_Hands

A department store for everything done with hands from cutting sushi to sawing wood.

Looks great!


Where in Tokyo will you be staying, having lived there for a while I may be able to make suggestions, certainly one of the TokyoHands shops is a reasonable start

Royal Park Hotel, next to the  T-CAT station.

Thanks!
Bob

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 09:23 AM »
Tokyu Hands is more like a department store with a heavy emphasis on crafting. The tool selection for woodworkers is not very extensive, eg the planes (kanna) are mostly Kukiri brand (hope I spelled that right) that use a kind of exchangeable blade system (not like the traditional ones with an ura — thick blade). The choices in measuring tools and such is also limited. (Note that I visited only two TH stores.)

To buy pro level tools you need to find specialized stores that sell knives (strange thing, I know); these often have a selection of chisels, kanna's and saws that far exceed the ones in TH re quality (and price…).

If you find yourself in Kyoto, there are a few good places to shop according to the site of Suikoushya (a woodworking school in Kyoto):
http://suikoushya.com/en/stores/

By accident I found Minamoto No Hisahide when I was in Kyoto last May. Bought a very nice kanna there. Mind you: the owner has almost no English (but is a very nice man; very pleasant to deal with once he sees you are an enthusiast).

Enjoy your stay in Japan! I did and plan to return next year. Best vacation ever.
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Offline Sometimewoodworker

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2018, 12:36 PM »
T-CAT station.


You had me confused with that as Tokyo City Air Terminal isn't usually called a station and just called TCAT.

You will find that most Japanese prices are about ½ the imported tools prices

The Shibuya shop is the bigger Tokio shop though it's been a few years since I went there, as I lived near Ikibukuro and there is a smaller TH shop there.
You need the Hachikō exit at Shibuya, look for Inokashira Dori on the maps.

They do have a few of the cheaper planes like these


You may even find something in the semi professional range, I remember seeing one or two in around  ¥24,000 and up
They have the usual markings tools and gages and some consumer grade chisels etc




Kapabashi is also a good place to find specialist knife suppliers who may have some planes though don't be surprised at the price. I saw one noodle knife that was ¥480,000 yes $4,250.00 for one knife
The best one is Union Commerce http://www.unioncommerce.co.jp/company/index.html
though the website is not good

« Last Edit: October 30, 2018, 01:15 PM by Sometimewoodworker »
Jerome
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 12:11 PM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions.   Should be interesting.

Bob

Offline Peter Kelly

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2018, 11:15 AM »
Tokyo Machine Centre Co., Ltd.
〒 370 - 0014
Saitama Prefecture Kumagaya City Hakoda 6-17-27
http://www.dougukan.net

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2shv5zPeDTv


Also any Factory Gear store you can make it to: http://f-gear.co.jp/shop_info/

Offline Sometimewoodworker

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Re: Tools Stores in Tokyo
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2018, 06:31 PM »
Complete Japanese Amazon link

And if you know what you want there is amazon

https://www.amazon.co.jp/大工道具-切削工具-カンナ-ノミ-通販/b/ref=dp_bc_3?ie=UTF8&node=2039545051
With good planes going from ¥15,000 up to ¥250,000 and maybe more
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 06:36 PM by Sometimewoodworker »
Jerome
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