The Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Kariwaku Masakari Japanese axe is suitable for various applications and for various wood varieties. With this axe, the end of the head hangs fairly close above the handle. That makes this axe great for lighter splitting work. This axe was designed for precise cutting tasks and not for the blunt stroke. Use the axe with a touch of love and you will experience unparalleled speed and efficiency.
The head of the Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Kariwaku Masakari Japanese axe
The axe head consists of three layers of steel (Warikomi). The middle of the edge is made from 0.45% carbon steel. The steel around it is softer. As such you have a very hard cutting surface and softer steel to absorb the blow. If you take a closer look at the axe head, you'll see oil residue. This is a coating that has been applied for protection during transport. This is the way it should be and it will wear off on its own. On the axe head you'll see a number of Japanese characters that look mysterious. On both sides of the axe head you will find stripes. It looks special, and certainly has a meaning. The seven stripes represent the eight mountains, with the eighth not being mentioned because it could bring bad luck.
The handle of the Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Kariwaku Masakari Japanese axe
The handle is straight and made from Japanese white oak trees. The wooden handle is treated with lacquer. Incredibly practical because as such you can, for instance, remove dirt a lot easier.
Mizuno axes: the history
The Japanese axes of Mizuno Seisakujo are handmade in Sanjo, Japan. Created by the Japanese legend of Mizuno-san, the axes have unique and traditional Japanese patterns from different regions of the country. Nowadays the axes are made by Isao Mizuno and his sons. They stay true to the techniques from the past when it comes to forging Japanese axes. This is reflected in the stunning shape and finish of the axes.