The Mizuno Seisakujo axes are great for different purposes and various wood varieties. Because of its large head this axe is perfect for the small splitting jobs. Making kindle for instance. This axe is made for the detailed cutting jobs and not for blunt strokes. Use this axe with a little bit of love and you will experience unparalleled speed and efficiency.
The handle on a Mizuno Seisakujo axe
The handles are made from the Japanese white oak and scorched. As a result the outside is sealed and the handle protected from the influences of the weather. The handles are ergonomically shaped and just below the handle you can find a subtle cut-out for your index finger. As a result the axe feels great in hand and is perfect for the more detailed cutting jobs.
The head on a Mizuno Seisakujo axe
The axe head is comprised of 3 layers of steel (Warikomi). The middle of the edge is made from 0.45% carbon steel. The steel around it is a lot softer. As a result you have a very hard cutting edge and a softer edge to catch the blow. The head of the axe had been adorned with Japanese markings that give it a mysterious look and feel and on both sides of the axe head you will find stripes. It looks remarkable, but it also has a specific meaning. The seven stripes represent the eight mountains, but the eighth is not mentioned as it can cause bad luck.
Mizuno Seisakujo axes: the history
The Japanese axes from the Mizuno Seisakujo are made by hand in Sanjo, Japan. Created because of the Japanese legend of Mizuno Seisakujo-san the axes have unique and traditional patterns from different regions in the country. Today the axes are made by Isao Mizuno Seisakujo and his sons. They stay true to the techniques from the past when it comes to forging Japanese axes. You can tell when you look at the astonishing shape and finish of the axes.