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While similar in design to a common nail set, this 6″ double-ended Japanese nail set also features a 1-1/4″ set built into the striking end.  This second shorter set is handy for setting nails in tight or awkward spaces.  The long shank gives you excellent control no matter which end you use.

In a pinch this tool can also function as a punch, a drift pin, a tack hammer, or a small anvil.  Both Lee Valley and the Japan Woodworker’s Catalog sell a similar forged-steel Japanese nail set for about $9.

Japanese Nail Set [Lee Valley]
Japanese Nail Set [The Japan Woodworker]

One Response to Japanese Double-Ended Nail Set

  1. Michael W. says:

    From my own experience of using this as a drift pin I would advise against doing so. They can break (rather easily in the case of the one I was using).

    i bought the one from Lee Valley, and then another identical one from a local hardware store that carries many Japanese tools. It’s a great punch, though.

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