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Surform Tool and Mishima
A Surform tool blade being used to uncover a mishima design.

A Surform tool blade being used to uncover a mishima design.

Photo © 2009 Beth E Peterson

The blades (and pieces of blades) of Stanley's Surform ® tool are well known as exceptional tools for shaping greenware. They can also be quite useful when making mishima designs.

Pros:

  • Removes a large amount of material quickly.
  • Very useful for creating flat surfaces.

Cons:

  • Leaves ridged tool marks which must be removed with a different tool to achieve a flat surface.
  • Does not bend, so is not useful for curved surfaces.
  • Is not suitable for small areas or for delicate designs that are not deeply inlaid.

Recommended for large flat surfaces as a preliminary tool. Also useful to remove excess from large faceting on ware.

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