Katana® Straight Router Bits
Features the Katana® Safety Gauge shank! 2 flute, carbide tipped with bottom cutter insert for plunge cutting, (except for solid carbide router bits #15450, #17740 and #17750, which do not plunge cut). Items #17740, #17742 and #17744 are designed for European metric size plywoods. See chart below for undersize equivalency. Straight router bits are the workhorse of any router bit collection and will plane, cut grooves, rabbets, slots and dadoes. Also used for mortising and carving, as well as other applications where a flat bottom is required. 1/4" and 1/2" shank.
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By Eric (Middleton ID US)
I ordered a set of these some time ago and was trying to get the little rubber thing off the first bit, but it was very stubborn. I gripped it very tight between thumb and forefinger and pulled hard. I immediately realized why they're called 'Katana'. A Katana is a Japanese sword of the highest quality blade. In the old days, Katanas were tested on prisoners condemned to death to see how many human bodies each blade would cut through in a single blow; this was how they rated each blade. The sharpest blades were '5 body blades'. The little rubber thing came off the Katana router bit, and I still had it between my thumb and forefinger, but the cutting edge of the bit had cut through the rubber and also through my finger....to the bone. I had to go to the hospital to get it stitched up. I asked the tech stitching it up if he could see the bone, but he said there was just too much blood. It required four stitches. I kept the hospital wrist band and put it inside the box that the router bits came in and to this day it's still there. These blades are extremely SHARP. Don't let your guard down; not even once. You've been forewarned.
By David G (Lincolnton NC US)
Hi. Just thought I'd drop you folks a note about one of your product lines. Several weeks ago I purchased one of the Katana router bits, # 17756 and finally got a chance to use it today. WOW!!! All I can say is fanfreakingtastic. I've used other bits by different mfg's. with reasonably satisfactory results. This Katana bit however slices through this heavy Maple I have here in NC like it was cheddar cheese. I work mainly with tree stumps and slabs to make tables and let me assure you, some of this stuff is murder on a cutting edge. After approx. 2 hours of pretty much non-stop use, I took the bit off my router and noticed there was a good deal of pitch residue covering it. I normally clean my bits with store brand fume-free oven cleaner so I sprayed this one down and let it soak for about 15 mins. Hit it with some hot water and my scrub brush and it's clean as new. Also, (and this is what gets me), IT'S STILL SHARP ENOUGH TO SHAVE WITH!! Now THAT'S performance. None of my other bits can even come close to this. Even my Freud bit can't go for more than an hour maybe before it needs honing. I'm sold on the Katana bits from you guys. I'll be ordering again pretty soon as I want a couple on hand just in case I get some extra days to play in the shop.