Mizuno Axe Warikomi Bakin

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This axe was made by Mizuno Seisakujo, who are famous axe makers in Sanjo, Niigata.

Warikomi means referring to a style of laminations. A common and traditional style of tool is hard carbon steel laminated with soft iron. The majority of the blade is made of the soft iron and only a small percentage of the hard carbon steel is used for the blade edge.

Warikomi is very different. The high carbon steel runs from the blade edge right to the back of the axe head, which forms the hole for the burned oak handle and gives it tremendous strength in this area. The soft iron is then laminated into small sections on either side of the blade to provide support and flexibility for the hard steel.

The burned Japanese white oak straight handle feels beautiful in hand due to the texture of the grain re-surfacing.

This axe can be used for small slicing or paring with its razor sharp edge. It's perfect for sculptors and carvers. Its blade edge is very slightly curved. The uniqueness of this axe that its axe head gets narrower after 15mm. This allows for easy retrieval out of timber; the edge will not be wedged.

The axe also comes with a leather sheath (see image).


Overall length: 330m

Overal weight: 800g

From the back of the axe to the blade edge: 130mm

Blade edge length: 100mm


Type: Tools

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