HONPO WALLPAPER CONSTRUCTION TOOLS 7 PIECE SET:
1. Brush (Nadehake)
Regardless of the material of the wallpaper, this brush helps with air bubble removal efficiently. Like the spatula, it has a comb-like handle, making it easy to adjust the force. If you start brushing from center of the wallpaper, the firm hair on the brush will push the air out gently.
2. Ground Spatula (Jibera)
Used as a cutting guide when cutting off excess wallpaper. The ground spatula sold at Honpo has a handle that is easy to grip and allows you to firmly press against the corner. The blade is made of stainless steel and is strong, thin and easy to fit along the edge of a baseboard, so you can stick to the delicate lines of the cut. At first glance, the front and back edge of the blade looks symmetrical, but the orientation depends on the angle of the blade as shown above. The sharp blade is easy to match the corner of the wall, and the rounded blade makes it easy to slide in the direction of travel.
3. Joint Roller (Jointorōrā)
Also known as the seam roller, it helps to achieve a clean transition between the joints of individual strips of wallpaper. The joint part is first held down with a brush, hand or scissors, afterwards use the roller to gently press on the edges of the wallpapers. It also has the utility of rolling out excess air bubbles before the wallpaper is fully dry, and thinning out the excess glue to make the drying process faster as well. It is easy to apply uniform pressure with this tool and the surface of the wallpaper will not be damaged. If you are particular about perfection, you should definitely own one.
4. Bamboo Spatula (Takebera)
The bamboo spatula is used to make a crease at the edges before cutting off the excess wallpaper. It may seem redundant since you can proceed to using a cutter directly, but using the bamboo spatula is a very important process to improve the accuracy of the cutting process. The right side of the spatula (in the photo above) is used along the corner. Recommended especially when installing paper wallpapers that are easy to tear.
5. Cutter (Kattā)
Most people who are reading this should own a cutter at home, needless to say it is the most important tool out of them all. The sharpness of the cutter is crucial to the perfection of the cutting process. Generally the size of a cutter is about 2cm wide x 15cm long, and this is the optimal for wallpaper cutting. It is recommended to pull the blade out a little longer as it will be easier to cut the wallpaper.
When using the cutter, fold the blade frequently during the cutting process to maintain sharpness. For people who are inexperienced with folding the blade, there is often a mechanism that assists with folding the blade located on the back of the cutter, so one can use it. Pull the blade out to the point where the fold line appears a little, turn the back with the cutter and press it against a hard object such as a ground spatula or ruler and apply a little force to break it. It may seem a little scary at first, but it will be fine once you get the hang of it. The sharpness is so important that it is recommended that you fold the blade every time you cut the wallpaper, so it is recommended that you prepare the replacement blades whenever you are cutting a number of wallpapers.
6. Roller Brush (Rōrāhake)
If you want to apply your own glue on the wallpaper, we recommend the roller brush. It can be applied to a wider area at once, either on the back of the wallpaper or on the wall, and spreads the paste evenly with ease.
7. Roller Bucket (Rōrābaketto)
Comes with a net and an inner container, it is easy to carry around and has a square shape for stability. Even if you don’t use it, it’s a good idea to keep your tools in it. Needless to say, any normal bucket or container can be used to contain the paste. However, it is necessary to check whether the width of the roller fits to the bottom. The major selling point is that the attached net is useful because it can let excess glue on the roller leak down.