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Japanese Hatchets & Canvas Blade Roll

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Japanese Hatchets & Canvas Blade Roll

Forged in Sanjo, Japan, a legendary ironworking region, there is no set of tools better designed for efficiency and pure cutting ability than our Japanese Hatchets.

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Forged in Sanjo, Japan, a legendary ironworking region, there is no set of tools better designed for efficiency and pure cutting ability than our Japanese Hatchets.

Story

There is no set of tools better designed for efficiency and pure cutting ability than our Japanese Hatchets - they comprise the perfect arsenal for confronting untamed wilderness. We teamed up with an esteemed forge in Sanjo to develop the right blade: high-carbon steel is laminated between hot-rolled low-carbon steel for utmost sharpness and durability. A black-oxide coating on the spine, sandblasted to a “pear skin finish”, anticipates a life of heavy work in damp environments, and resists binding during splitting. Our Japanese canvas blade roll protects the keen edges during transportation and allows all four to be carried simultaneously in a rucksack. Each blade is emblazoned with the Best Made mark of excellence; with the full set at your disposal there is always a right choice for the job.

Established in 1943, our bladesmith has produced these hatchets since 1977 in Sanjo, Japan, a legendary ironworking region.

See our Notes page for blade descriptions.

Specs
  • Sayanata: 16.5cm blade, 35cm overall
  • 1.1 lbs., laminate, double bevel
  • Azuma Gata: 13.5cm blade, 35cm overall
  • 1.8 lbs., laminate, double bevel
  • Sayanata Mascot: 11cm blade, 24cm overall
  • 6.6 oz., C60 steel
Materials
  • Laminate steel: SK5 core inside hot-rolled SPHC
  • HRC 59/60
  • Black-oxide “pear skin” spine finish
  • Japanese white oak handle
  • Black ferrules
  • Canvas blade roll:
  • 10 oz. Japanese canvas
  • Brass grommet
  • Red leather tie
Origin
  • Made in Sanjo, Japan
Notes

Sayanata: The all-rounder, the length of blade provides reach when limbing and clearing brush, and versatility when splitting kindling or batoning. The beveled nose is a useful prying tool.

Azuma Gata: We call it “The Last Word", this heavy hitter handles splitting and rough work with a wide bevel and serious heft.

Sayanata Mascot: Precision tasks require an appropriate tool as well; carving and surgical chopping are handled best by a single-bevel grind and agile blade.

In the Field

Patagonia, Argentina. Winter 2015. Photo by Christina Holmes.