Outdoor & Gear
Mizuno Seisakujo axes: handmade in Japan
The Japanese axes from Mizuno Seisakujo are made by hand in Sanjo, Japan. Created because of the Japanese legend of Mizuno-san the axes have 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 the past when it comes to forging Japanese axes. You can tell when you look at the astonishing shape and finish of the axes. The heads are evolved for different purposes and are perfect for various wood varieties. The axes are made for detailed work and not for the blunt strokes. Use these axes with a little bit of love and you will experience unparalleled speed and efficiency.
The handle on a Mizuno 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 axe
The laminated steel 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. The design refers to Kumadori of Kabuki, a very traditional type of Japanese dance. The letter underneath the mark is an ancient Japanese mark called ‘Mizuno’. On both sides of the axe head you will find stripes. They looks remarkable, but also have a specific meaning. The seven stripes represent the eight mountains, but the eighth is not mentioned as it can cause bad luck.