Japanese cleaver | handle Japanese white oak

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  • Material: hand-forged paper shirogami steel
  • Material handle: Japanese white oak
  • All-purpose hatchet
  • Cutting edge length: 8cm
  • Dimension: 45.5 x 16 cm
  • Clean regularly with Crean Mate and camellia oil
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  • Includes vinyl sheath
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Hand-forged in Japan


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
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  • 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)
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  • Do not twist or apply uneven pressure
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  • Cut diagonally across the branches (not straight) so that you cut along the fibres
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  • 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
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2. Keep clean:

  • Remove leaf resin, rust and dirt with a Crean Mate and water
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  • Dry, wipe with Camellia Oil and store in a dry place
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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.


Die Story zu NIWAKI


In 1997, Jake visited Japan as a wannabe sculptor to research the cherry blossom cultural phenomenon, Hanami. There he discovers the gardens and the trees and wants to find out more about them.

Back in England, he trains to become a TEFL teacher, meets Keiko and returns to Japan with her. In the first year he teaches, in the second year he works in a traditional nursery in a rural part of Osaka and learns everything about tree care, tree pruning and root ball formation.

The name

Niwakimeans garden tree. It's not very exciting, but it means much more than that. Japanese gardens are landscapes, microcosms of nature, and the trees are shaped to fit into those landscapes - there's a lot of artistry and cultural baggage in there. Niwaki founder Jake wrote a book about it if you're interested. So, the name. It's hard to say (ni-whacky) and hard to remember, but we like it for its power.


Almost everything included in the product range is used by the Niwaki crew themselves. When Jake first pruned pine trees in Osaka, he was given a pair of pruning shears that are still as sharp as ever after more than a decade. Brother-in-law Haruyasu bought Jake his first Japanese scissors, and he hasn't used much else since.

The collection is Japanese but works just as well in Western gardens and kitchens. You don't have to grow bonsai to enjoy these tools.

It's these little details that convince us about the products.Garden toolsthat we didn't know before, such as thisHori Hori. On one side, a sharply ground blade and on the other, the usual serrations. The multitool in the garden or balcony.

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