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A lightweight hatchet from Tsubame-Sanjo city, of a type thought to have been produced in Japan for over 1700 years. 


393 x 28 x 126mm

110mm blades

White oak handles

Made in Miki, Japan

Includes Vinyl Sheath

As with all Japanese tools with wooden handles, varying humidity levels can cause the head to work loose. Tap the wedge in to keep it tight.

About Niwaki

Niwaki means garden tree. Not very exciting, but it implies far more than that. Japanese gardens are landscapes, microcosms of nature, and the trees are all shaped to fit into those landscapes - there's an awful lot of artistry and cultural baggage in there too. Jake's written a book on it all, if you're interested. So, the name. Hard to pronounce (ni-whacky) and tricky to remember, but we like it because of its implications.

Niwaki brings the very best in Japanese design and craftsmanship, inspiring gardeners, chefs and craftsmen to do the stuff they love, even better. They source and manufacture an extraordinary range of fine garden and woodworking tools, kitchen knives and outdoor gear, priding themselves not only in the pleasure it brings our customers, but also the knowledge and enthusiasm we share with them.



Miki (三木市, Miki-shi) is a city in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It was founded on June 1, 1954. As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 76,370 and a population density of 430 persons per km². The total area is 176.58 km.

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