When Michael visited potters in Japan he observed that it was common for them to pull, rather than push, their carving tools through the clay. This dragging motion allowed for less friction and a fluid cut. For years Michael made a variety of Japanese-style carving tools for his own use and he’s spent A LOT of time carving on clay to test them out.
Made of high carbon steel and tempered to be very hard, the Dragtool is designed to grace the hand and make a fluted mark in the clay. One end of the Dragtool cuts a wider flute than the other. Whether used to draw a long fluted line or chip away at the clay, the clay texture will look beautiful under a celadon or any other glaze that breaks on the surface.
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