I actually came across this post searching for the term "Tobira". That is the name of the tamper I prefer. It is made in Japan, and although they are a little hard to get in the US right now, I had a friend in Japan buy me one and send it to me.
I can say it is better than the Reg Barber I had, and I thought that was nice. I know it all comes down to preference, but wondered if anyone else has tried the Tobira, or has any interest in it.
Here is the english website, which makes some really convincing arguments for it's design.
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