Two Pines Trading Co.

kanna - hand planes

Kanna by Nakano San


Pictured above is a 60mm hira-kanna called Tenzanryu. The cutting edge steel, called ha-gane, is blue steel #1 backed by a modern soft iron. The blade is set in a Japanese white oak, shirogashi, dai and comes with a sub blade.


Mr. Takeo Nakano lives and works in Niigata prefecture and has been forging plane blades for over fifty years. He began his apprenticeship in 1960 at the age of 18 and opened an independent shop in 1991.


天山龍 - Tenzanryu translates as heavenly mountain dragon. This is a

dragon that is revered in Niigata Japan.