Gen 1: Nakishi Stick (New Age Knapping-Ishi Stick) Pressure flaking tool provides up to 8 working tips in 1 Ishi Stick.
The 17 1/2″ Delrin Nakishi stick extends over 20″ and is designed with 2, 1/2″ x 5 1/4” aluminum modules that extend out to 3″ from the handle. This allows you to work on smaller projects without the 1″ Delrin handle obstructing your work or view. The first module has a 9/64″ bore for 8 gauge copper wire or 16d smooth box nails. The second module is bored half way for 8 gauge also and a half at 11/64″ for 6 gauge copper wire. Each module has double set screws at each end for extra working pressure. Included is a 1”x6 ½” Delrin short handle that shares the two modules in this kit. Both Delrin tools are double tapped at each working end. Tips included with this kit are 8 & 6 gauge standard copper wire, 6 gauge hard copper wire, 16d smooth box nail and a horseshoe nail for notching. I clip the heads off of horseshoe nails and with a little file work I can use the 8 gauge side of either module for notching without having to buy another specialized tool for this purpose. This kit comes with 2 Hex Key and 1 extra stainless set screw for each size used. (one 8×32 x 1/8” one 8×32 x 3/16” and one 1/4”-20 x 1/4”)
A FEW IDEAS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
For notching, I use 16 smooth box nails. After clipping the head off, I file each end flat to the width and length of the notch entries I need. I taper each end (>) to give me two edges to notch with. Keep all sides filed flat to give you edges to scrape with. Prepare the ends on a few nails and have them ready for those times you don’t want to stop notching to refile and tip.
I also use the 16 smooth box nails to finish the edges of a project. I taper each end like an Ice Pick and use it to alternate tiny flakes along the edges and for picking at those problem spots. An example nail with one tapered end has been included.
I like tapering one end of the 6 gauge hard copper down to 8 gauge size or smaller. The hardness and the width of this tapered copper almost make it unbendable when needing to flake with a smaller size gauge. I round off the opposite end for working larger flakes when needed.
Each module can be redrilled to a larger diameter according to your needs. The only thing that limits the size is the availability of the set screws needed. Keep in mind that each set screw must tighten flush with the outside of the aluminum module to allow it to slide into the Delrin tool handles. This is why I have stopped at 11/64” for the 6 gauge tips, using two 8/32 x 1/8” set screws.