Workshop Tools: Otafuku Mallet

Hello everyone, this is Shindo from MITUBACI.

We have previously covered the usage ofkaneduchi and kiduchi in jewelry-making. Today I will be sharing a bit on the otafuku mallet.

In comparison to other hammers we use, the otafuku mallet is considerably small (around the palm size of our artisans). Jewelry-making processes that require the use of otafuku mallet are:

大きさは、職人の手の大きさに合わせた大きさです。

・Carving with chisel
・Raising the claws for stone-setting
・Fastening the claws for stone-setting
・Creating a mark on the jewelry with the center punch tool

and so on.

Having mentioned the chisel, we would like to share more about it in the near future.

The otafuku mallet may look small and manageable, but there are details to look out for, such as trimming the length of the handle to suit the sizes of artisans' hands while achieving balance when gripped; ensuring the head of the mallet to be flat when laid down (see images below).
長さは、使う人の手の大きさに合わせた長さにします。
柄の部分を細く削り持った時のバランスをとります。
平らな所においた時に槌の平らな面がピタッと着くように取り付けます。

Taking these minute details into consideration, it is no wonder most artisans are particular with the tools they use and have their own set of tools. While these tools make beautiful jewellery, they hold meaningful stories and purposes themselves.

使いやすく、そして使い込まれた工具は彫金の工具に限らず造型が美しいですね。

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Workshop Tools: Otafuku Mallet
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