Japanese Tools


Since some years ago the Western luthiers have begun using these very accurate tools to build Guitars and other musical instruments and in Maderas Barber we have selected a huge variety with the best of the market: more than 100 to choose from.

Japanese craftsmen seek to give a second life to the tree through the use of its timber, for this purpose they use Japanese tools; one of the characteristics of these tools is the level of customization facing the work to be performed, in addition the use of high quality metals for manufacturing these traditional tools. They are functional, incredibly sharpened, comfortable and make it easy to work with them.

In the case of construction and repair of musical instruments, which need to be executed with great precision and cleaning, it is here when Japanese tools become indispensable: they are pure perfection and refinement.

Japanese Tools 


  • Japanese Sharp

    The Japanese not only believe that sharpening is fundamental, but they have a particular way of sharpening their blades. The Japanese system, or by sections, divides the knife into areas to be sharpened. Japanese stones have a great reputation and a long tradition, these stones are fine-grained and porous.

    During the sharpening process their particles are constantly renewed while they are in friction with the knife, allowing new particles to continually perform the task of sharpening and settling. If the knife is very worn and damaged, we will need a much more abrasive coarse-grained stone. Discover the quality of the Japanese stones we offer at MB.

  • Japanese Knives

    Among Japanese tools, one of the most commonly used are the Japanese knives.

    Japanese knives are considered by many as the best in the market, they are often beautiful and follow the tradition of the forging of the famous Japanese swords.

    Carving knives for wood for musical instruments are tools that offer a highly durable steel and we recommend grinding water. They are ideal for parts of difficult access, such as the part of the Heel in Neck.

  • Japanese Chisels

    Japanese chisels are tools of high strength and durability, ideal for working bracing and handles with the best Japanese steel.

    These chisels collect the Damascus Arab tradition of making steel sheets. Manual forging, which explains the irregular finishes.

  • Diamonds Japanese Files

    Diamonds Japanese Files, made of high quality steel and more durable than the conventional ones, are special because of its diamond inlays, so its effectiveness and finesse are higher than normal files. They also incorporate a rubber handle for easy handling in the construction or repair of musical instruments.

  • Nut & Saddle Japanese Files

    Nut & Saddle Japanese Files are Japanese precision tools used in building guitars for making slots at Nuts and Saddles, providing a clean and fine cut.


    Within the wide variety available, they can be purchased with or without handle.

  • Japanese Files with Handle

    Japanese Files with Handle are Japanese tools made of high quality steel, with high durability and perfect for shaping the Neck, ideal for the delicate work of luthiers. Among its qualities include the precision and clean and fine finish they provide. In this case, they include a handle to make it easier. Pure quickness and effectiveness.

  • Japanese Files without Handle

    Japanese Files without Handle are ideal tools for shaping the Guitar Necks, besides being very precise and with a very fine and clean finish. As a main feature, they provide quick and effective roughing while building musical instruments. With all this, the Japanese Files are more durable than the conventional ones.

    In this category they are also available Handles to complete the Files and start discovering the quality of Japanese steel.

  • Japanese Files for Frets

    Japanese Files for Frets, made of high quality steel and more durable than conventional ones, are perfect for all kinds of Frets. These Japanese tools, have a big customization, having Files for small, medium and large instruments.

    With all this, the Japanese Files for Frets are special tools for thin and clean finishes when working with wood, with rubber handle for easy handling.

  • Japanese Saws

    Among the Japanese tools saws highlight. Their main difference is that they are used by pulling them, not pushing, which translates into some great advantages: it takes less effort to hold the piece and the blade can be much thinner, thanks to this the effort to handle the tool is smaller and cuts are very fine and clean, as they do not tear the wood fiber.

    Japanese saws are characterized by the perfection of his cuts. Unlike Westerners, in Japanese saws the blade has to be replaced, not sharpened. Its manufacturing system and cutting system (hardened teeth), makes pressure not to be necessary at the time of sawing, which helps the blade to last longer.

    All in all, a Japanese saw works so smoothly that it almost seems an extension of the hand, resulting in a smooth, clean cut with barely possibility of deformation.