We love this beautiful small axe made in Japan by Mizuno’s traditional craft master. Just look at it. So beautiful that its easy to forget it’s a dangerous tool. When we found this axe at a trade show in Japan, we thought those slots on the head were just a design element. Until the manufacturer told us that they are there for a reason. Apparently each slot represents an ancient Japanese god and it is a superstitious belief that these gods would protect axe users from accidents. There are three on the left side and four on the right. Forestry work can be dangerous so it is a good reminder to be careful. So if you see those seven slots on an axe, you know that is an old Japanese tradition that has been passed on to this day.
For those who like a bit of trivia, the centre of the picture below is the goddess of the Sun, who is one of the seven gods. Known as “Amaterasu Ohmikami”, she is one of the most important gods of Japanese Shintoism mythology. Why? Because she is the mythical ancestress of the Japanese imperial family.
This hand crafted axe made in Jaapn by Mizuno is extremely popular and hardly leaves the country of origin. So shop now while stock lasts!