All-purpose axe for firewood and kindling.
The smaller and lighter version of a splitting axe: thanks to its concave-wedge cutting geometry, this axe is ideal for work in the forest, for carving and splitting wood or for reworking logs. The handle is long enough to be able to work with both hands.
As with all Japanese tools with wooden handles, the head can come loose in varying humidity. Tap the wedge in to make sure it is tight.
Care and use instructions:
Most Niwaki tools are made of carbon steel - this means that with regular use they will stain (and eventually rust) and gradually lose their sharpness. Caring for them involves three things.
1. proper use:
- Japanese steel is hard and sharp and can be more brittle than some people are used to - it will break if overused .
- Do not cut wire, metal, stone, plastic or any other hard material (even bamboo fibres and some very hard woods, especially knots and burrs, can damage steel edges) .
- Do not twist or apply uneven pressure .
- Cut diagonally across the branches (not straight) so that you cut along the fibres .
- Watch the maximum cutting dimensions and don't overdo it (shears are not loppers)
- Use the base of the blades, not the tips, for heavier cuts .
2. Keep clean:
- Remove leaf resin, rust and dirt with a Crean Mate and water .
- Dry, wipe with Camellia Oil and store in a dry place .
3. Keep sharp:
Even new tools need sharpening after a certain time. For best results, use a grinding stones of 1000 grit, for general sharpening..