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The Takumi-Kappa© traditional glass-working tool has been revived!

"Kappa" is the collective name given to a group of precision tools first created by artisans in ancient Japan who were producing equipment for the laboratory scientists of the day. The advantage of the Kappa's design is their ability to firmly grasp glass vessels, making them easy to rotate. Their light weight and minimalist design made them popular not only with artisans and craftsman, but also with glass artists.

  The Restored Old Tool TAKUMI KAPPA(c)

As time passed however, the number of artisans with the knowledge and ability to produce the Kappa decreased and they had become exceedingly difficult objects to procure.

I myself sought these tools and after an arduous four years of trying to have them reproduced, in 2009 the Kappa were successfully revived.

The KAPPA is made from the same traditional Japanese smelting process which has been used throughout the ages to create tamahagane steel.The KAPPA we produce are handmade, our highly-skilled craftsman pay particular attention to the weight, balance, and ergonomic feel of each individual tool!

If you want to purchase them

This product is available made to order, and will arrive 3-6 weeks from purchase date. A shipping fee has been included in the price of each tool.
Thank you.

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FOOT KAPPA
Product no.KF001

This has been made for holding the foot of a wine glass and is our original design. Aperture size : φ51~85mm=2"-3.4"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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FOOT KAPPA 2
Product no.KF002

Based on the KF001, this model has been modified to hold other shapes, like small bottles. Aperture size : φ49~85mm=1.9"-3.4"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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CYLINDER KAPPA 25
Product no.KC025

This is a modern reproduction of a traditional Kappa. This model can hold a cylinder and a wide range of shapes. Aperture size : φ25~60mm=1"-2.4"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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CYLINDER KAPPA 45
Product no.KC045

This is a modern reproduction of a traditional Kappa. This model can hold a cylinder and a wide range of shapes. Aperture size : φ45~75mm=1.8"-3"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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FLASK KAPPA FULL
Product no.KF001 F

This is a modern reproduction of a traditional Kappa. This model can hold a round glass or a long bottle. Aperture size : φ35~85mm=1.4"-3.4"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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FLASK KAPPA HALF
Product no.KF001 H

This is a modern reproduction of a traditional Kappa and is half the depth of the KF001F. This model can hold a round glass or a wide-mouthed glass. Aperture size : φ55~85mm=2"-3.4"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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PINCH KAPPA
Product no.KT001

This is a modern reproduction of a traditional Kappa. This model can hold small parts of glass work, like the handle of a lid. This model allows detailed work to be performed more easily. Aperture size : φ5~30mm=.2"-1.2"
Weight : 100g
This product is being provided by Make To Order system.
$280.00
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