Lee Coleman brought back an interesting kebiki from Japan. It has a fence that makes it look like a Kinshiro brand kebiki except that the beam is a caliper with built in knife. See the attached photos. This kebiki is made by the Matsui company which makes calipers and other assorted precision tools. Some of us use Matsui calipers so you may have seen them in Jay's class.
Lee has arranged for a one time special order from the manufacturer. We would like to know if anyone else is interested in purchasing one of these gauges. We'll need a head count by end of next week, let's say by Saturday, May 15th.
Lee estimated the price to be around $175 plus or minus depending on the shipping charges and any import duties that may apply.
Then send a check to Lee for $175. Lee will provide you with his address when you email him. Your check will not be cashed until the kebikis arrive. At that time you will also be notified if there are additional charges or you get a refund for the difference in actual price.
One thing I noticed about this gauge is that you have to be careful when sharpening that you don't offset the scale by removing metal from the top of the blade. I usually just work the bevel on my kebikis so it will not be an issue. But, if you sharpen it like a chisel where you work the bevel and back (actually top of the blade) then you may negate the advantage of having a built in scale. Maybe there's a built in way to compensate for this. I didn't check the gauge.
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