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Zen-Wu (参物) Toolworks is for every woodworker who believes that tools shouldn't just do the job right, they should also feel so good in the hand that they give you chills. We studied and refined the fundamental hand tools for decades and produce tools with NO compromises. All our tools are lifetime warrantied and finished ready for use. Made in China.

Always sharp but sharpenable, light-weight yet stock-absorbant, ready-to-go but low-maintance

Tools without compromises

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  • Numbers for Edge Steels

    Numbers for Edge Steels

    Literally and figuratively, cutting edge technology. Comparing tool steel is a complicated business, it depend on how and where you use your tool, how you expect the tool to behave....

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    Numbers for Edge Steels

    Literally and figuratively, cutting edge technology. Comparing tool steel is a complicated business, it depend on how and where you use your tool, how you expect the tool to behave....

    3 comments
  • On Laminated Blades

    On Laminated Blades

    A long long existing solution. The world of woodworking demands attention to detail, a steady hand, and tools that are fit for the task. A plane is the cornerstone of...

    On Laminated Blades

    A long long existing solution. The world of woodworking demands attention to detail, a steady hand, and tools that are fit for the task. A plane is the cornerstone of...

  • On Pursuit of Absolute Finest

    On Pursuit of Absolute Finest

    For a better hand-tool world. A few days back, at the woodworking show, a good friend asked me a question: “why do you have to be the best? Why can’t it...

    On Pursuit of Absolute Finest

    For a better hand-tool world. A few days back, at the woodworking show, a good friend asked me a question: “why do you have to be the best? Why can’t it...

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