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Nakahashi

Nakahashi MFG. was established in 1955, right in the middle of Japan’s restoration. After the war, rebuilding new homes was one of Japans most urgent tasks. At the time, mortising was the most time consuming process in Japanese construction, as it required to be done one by one by the hands of a carpenter. In order to quickly rebuild new homes, this mortising process needed to be recreated so it could be done more efficiently and productively. With this thought in mind, our founder Hisamasa Nakahashi studied and modified the English pattern chisel & bit and created the “Kobayashi Pattern Hollow Square Mortise Chisel & Bit” to suite the working condition and environment of Japan’s carpentry. The Kobayashi Pattern Hollow Square Mortise Chisel & Bit spread throughout Japan in no time as the tool that changed the mortising process from an artisan skill to a process that could be done by anyone easily. This innovation greatly contributed in pushing Japans reconstruction forward. Innovation to Tradition With the creation of the “Kobayashi Pattern Hollow Square Mortise Chisel & Bit”, mortising for carpentry shifted from a process that requires skills to a process that could be done with precision no matter who did it. This was an innovative change in the mortising culture. This innovative tool has continuously been refined over the years, and is now an essential tool to the Japanese woodworking industry. This tool that contributed to the reconstruction of Japan is now being used for repairs of the temples and shrines all over country and is contributing to the preservation of world heritages and Japanese culture. We think of this as an “innovation” evolving into “tradition”. An innovative product will spread throughout the world and into the hands of the users, creating a new standard. And a standard that survives through the change of time becomes a true “tradition”.

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