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Super-Sharp Japanese Hand Axe
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Super-Sharp Japanese Hand Axe

Today's Price:$49.95
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11P23.06 Japanese Hand Axe
In Stock $49.95  
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This is a tough axe with great balance. The 4-1/2" laminated steel blade has a "bearded" shape, which brings the center of gravity closer to your hand. The high-carbon edge is sandwiched between thick layers of softer steel that give the super-sharp edge great strength. It will be particularly good for splitting kindling. Japanese tools frequently look different, but those that try them inevitably find them wonderful to use. Overall length: 13"

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Overall Rating :4.5 
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5  - 
Reviewed By:   (Potsdam, NY) 
The little axe(really a hatchet) is a fantastic wood splitter, very well constructed and works great.

5  - 
Excellent Hand Axe
Reviewed By:   (Roaring Spring, PA) 
Sturdy, well balanced, keeps an excellent edge.

5  - 
Surprising Steel and Edge Quality
Reviewed By:   (Seattle, WA) 
I'm impressed with this little axe. The head has a good heft. The handle seems like it will last. The mechanism to tighten the handle to the head is clever and functional. Most notable of all is the steel, however. The edge is beautiful and seems like it will stay that way with a little care.

2  - 
Not For General Use
Reviewed By:   (Springfield, Oregon) 
This small axe is, like most Japanese tools I've seen, well made, but it's not well suited for use as a general purpose hatchet, which is what I was looking for. In order to be able to bite deeply when chopping, the blade of an axe or hatchet should be relatively thin near the edge. This blade is much too thick, and the bevel to the edge is the steepest, fattest I've ever seen. It looks like it was designed specifically to be used for splitting wood, but because of its small size and how slender the shaft is, it could only be used to split small pieces of wood. Not what I was looking for--I'm glad Garret Wade has such a reasonable return policy.

Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
Thanks for you review on the Japanese Hand Axe. Were sorry that it did not suit your purposes. Please feel free to return it for a full refund.

4  - 
Far Better Than Expected
Reviewed By:   (St. Louis, Missouri) 
After reading all the reviews before making the purchase, I thought I would give this little axe a go. Glad I did! I don't know if this has been changed since some of the other reviews, but I am very pleased. Well balanced even for its small size and they aren't kidding when they say "super-sharp". Right out of the package, this little guy is ready to go. Had to give four stars only because I had to make my own sheath as it doesn't include one. Does a great job on small tasks and the bearded blade offers great access on the handle for fine whittling work.

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