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Some people like to mark their layout lines with a pencil, and others like to use a marking knife — if you’re following the Japanese tradition of woodworking, you might prefer an ink brush like this one from the Japan Woodworker.  With an ink brush you can draw finer lines than with a pencil, and the lines are more visible than those cut with a marking knife.

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The rare occasion that I’ve kept fish I didn’t fillet or gut, I’ve just used a spoon to scale the fish — it works, but it’s not very fast. Evidently there’s a better tool to use than a spoon: a traditional Japanese fish scaler like this one from the Japan Woodworker.

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