The Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Jigata Masakari Japanese axe, 010-002 is great for various purposes, and for different types of wood. Because of its large head this axe is perfect for the small splitting tasks. When making kindling, for instance. The axe is made for the precise cutting jobs and not for blunt blows. Use the axes with a little bit of love and you will experience unparalleled speed and efficiency.
Axe head of the Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Jigata Masakari Japanese axe
The axe head is comprised of three layers of steel (Warikomi). The middle part 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 the softer steel to absorb the blow. When you look at the axe head closely, you can see oil residue. This is a coating that was applied to protect it during transportation. This is the way it should be, and it will wear off by itself. The head of the axe is also enhanced with a couple of Japanese markings that look kind of mysterious. On both sides of the head you can find stripes. It looks remarkable, but it also has a special meaning. The seven stripes represent the eight mountains, only the eighth is not mentioned because it could bring you bad luck.
Handle of the Mizuno Seisakujo Warikomi Jigata Masakari Japanese axe
The handle is made from the Japanese white oak and scorched. This seals the outside and protects the handle from weather influences and to prevent rotting.
Mizuno axes: the history
The Japanese axes from Mizuno Seisakujo are made by hand in Sanjo, Japan. Created because of the Japanese legend of Mizuno-san, the axes are enhanced with unique and traditional patterns from different regions in the country. Today the axes are made by Isao Mizuno and his sons. They stay true to the techniques from history when it comes to forging Japanese axes. You can tell when you look at the magnificent shape and finish of the axes.