Japanese Axes

Japanese Axes

Individually handmade by Niigata prefectural master Mr Isao Mizuno and his small team of highly skilled blacksmiths, these superb axes are as effective as they are beautiful. Mr Mizuno is a leading expert on ancient Japanese iron axes and this study informs and inspires his production.

The cutting edges are somewhat harder than most modern axes (comparable to the old cast steel axes) and will hold an edge that you can shave with for a considerable length of time. The carpenters axe and hatchet are of laminated construction, the forest axe and splitting axe have differentially hardened monosteel heads.

Japanese axes have seven grooves ground into the heads, four on the right cheek, three on the left, these represent seven Shinto gods and are said to ward off accidents while working in Japan's forested mountains. The final fitting of the head (and responsibility for it's security thereafter) is the job of the new owner.

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  1. Japanese Carpenters Axe

    £75.00
    With its straight edge and concave cheeks, the Japanese double bevelled carpenters axe is perfectly suited for accurate work; trimming to size, cutting joints and light hewing. An essential time saving tool for timber framers, it is also an excellent choice of axe for workshop use, filling the gap between 'too much to plane but not enough to saw'. Carpenters axes are cutting tools, like chisels and planes they should always be kept sharp and ...
  2. Japanese Hatchet

    £75.00

    Used for light accurate work, splitting kindling, carving etc, a good hatchet should feel nimble and precise, a really good one will also take a razor edge and hold it for a decent length of time.

    This delightfully comfortable Japanese hatchet is as close to perfect as any small axe I have ever used. The head weight is the same as a typical 16oz claw hammer, being balanced further forward it feels a little bit heavier, but that should ...

  3. Japanese Forest Axe

    £85.00

    Light enough to carry into the forest, yet capable of felling and limbing small trees up to around 9" diameter, splitting kindling or short straight grained rounds, the forest axe is a versatile general purpose tool for "if you can only take one axe with you" situations.

    Because this axe can be used for light splitting, the cheeks are important working surfaces too, so a solid steel head is used in preferance to a laminated one. The st...

  4. Japanese Splitting Axe

    £95.00

    Japanese splitting axes have a different head shape from most Europen and American axes, splitting hammers and mauls. Evolved for the smaller oriental stature, they tend to have slightly lighter heads compensated for by longer handles, and are therefore less fatiguing to use. At the business end, the energy of the swing and the mass of the head is all focussed on a small convex ground beak at the tip of the tool that forces the wood fibres apa...

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