When I'm making things like shakuhachi or shinobue, I need very specialized tools that just aren't available commercially. My choices are limited to either making it myself or having someone custom make it for me. If I have someone else make it, it's never really exactly what I want so, really, my only choice is to make it myself. These small carving knives are essential when I'm cutting an inlay for a shakuhachi mouth piece or widening an emboucher hole or even under cutting a tone hole for tuning.
I keep my most used planes at arm's reach from my bench. I think my last tally was 25 hand planes in my shop but I only use half a dozen regularly and only two or three on a daily basis.
I bought this mallet years ago for 3 bucks (plus a 20 percent coupon) at harbor freight. It came with this crappy, small rubber handle that, not only looked cheap, but had terrible ergonomics. I cut it off, drilled out a piece of iron bamboo and attached the iron bamboo with regular wood glue as a new handle. Wow! Completely different look, feel and performance! I'm completely happy with it now and use it daily! I highly recommend picking one up and modifying the handle. For just a few dollars, you'll have an effective and efficient tool that will serve...
So, I was on reddit talking about my favorite hammer and someone asked how I attached the new handle. I figured I might as well show some pics of it. It's basically a wedged mortise and tenon. I didn't even use glue. It hasn't budged even though I wail on stuff with it on a regular basis.