Mizuno Seisakusho was founded in 1937 as a blacksmith factory that specialized in the forging of plane blades for woodworking. As decades passed, traditional woodworking waned, the blacksmiths started forging more axes and hatchets, experimenting with different shapes and handles. This allowed them to keep forging plane-blades but also keep their factory operating into a new era by making tools that were more relevant to the times.Today, the current owner Isao Mizuno is a certified traditional craftsman in the region and crafts a wide array of hatchets and metal-working tools.
Axes are fun! Whether you're a true lumberjack or just a lover of well-made things like myself, it's easy to see why chopping wood and using an axe is so much fun. For me, one of the big joys of owning well-made axes is seeing how they age and develop with use - and with proper care.
One by one our staff started learning about these axes and getting really into outdoorsy stuff, and before we knew it, we all had collections of handmade axes. Now axes are an irreplaceable part of Kent of Inglewood and many of our customers put them on their Christmas, birthday, or Father's Day lists. If you're the loved one of a would-be axe enthusiast or you're looking to build your own collection, we’re here to help!
Sharpening at its most basic, is the process of removing steel to form a new edge. A blunt edge will often look flat at the apex, or very rounded out. A sharp edge, by comparison, looks like the edge of a bullet. Two edges curving slightly outward to form a fine point. Before we get to technique, I’m going to cover some slightly nerdy terminology to help ensure that you sharpen your axe the right way.