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Any Japanese speakers out there?

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 12:44

I’ve just bought myself a rather nice set of lino/ woodcut tools I came across on a course at Edinburgh Printmakers. They’re from Japan, & while I know how they handle in use, there’s a diagram on the packaging which I’d like to know the meaning of. It’s the lowest one pointing to the scalpel type blade - might be instructions on replacement blades? If anyone can help, I’ll be very grateful!

Any Japanese speakers out there?
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TanteRose · 17/10/2020 13:01

I can't read the lettering - it's just out of focus!
Can you take a clearer photo?

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Nandakanda · 17/10/2020 13:03

Same - not clear enough.

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 13:07

Sorry - I’ll have another go. Thank you for responding!

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zefstar76 · 17/10/2020 13:08

You could use google translate and scan it using your phone.

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 13:12

Is this any clearer? Might be my phone not being brilliant.

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 13:20

@zefstar76 - I never thought of that, thanks for suggestion.

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FairFriday · 17/10/2020 13:21

‘Do not swallow’?

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 13:31

@FairFriday Grin Grin I like it

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TanteRose · 17/10/2020 13:38

Okay can read this!
Give me a few minutes to translate itSmile

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Nandakanda · 17/10/2020 14:07

It's proclaiming what a wonderful knife this is, and also says that there is a similar length of blade within the handle as extended from the handle.

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TanteRose · 17/10/2020 14:11

OK so the bullet point at the bottom reads:
The blade is very high quality (two layered blade) so it cuts much more effectively than a single layer all steel blade, and is longer-lasting. Also it is easy to re-sharpen

then there is the diagram of the two layered blade (top is ground steel? can't see the bottom layer character...)

then under that it says (with an arrow):
the handle is made of rubber so it doesn't slip and is easy to use

then on the right side, the top arrow points to the blade:

its a blade that is easy to use for engraving. We guarantee that it has a superb cutting function

arrow under that
the blade is firmly fixed in the handle part. The blade extends the same length into the handle

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Nandakanda · 17/10/2020 14:13

Made by the Yoshiharu Hamano company at Asahigaoka in Gifu Ken.

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LadyAddle · 17/10/2020 16:02

@TanteRose , @Nandakanda - Mumsnet is a fount of all knowledge - I am so impressed by you both! Thank you both very much indeed for your translations - it’s reassuring that the blade is well sunk in the handle, as it sounds lethally sharp. I could lose a finger without feeling it. And very helpful to know that I sharpen the blades, rather than replacing them. (As a footnote, the customs declaration simply read Carving Knife - true, but made me think of roast beef.) Off to try my new set out, with all caution. Thanks again.

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