Miroku Japanese Guns

Top Japanese Gun Makers & Their Iconic Weapons

Japan isn’t particularly known for its firearms and defense industry, yet in 2022 they were the world’s 39th largest weapons exporter, and the world’s 7th largest weapons importer. In fact, many of the top companies and conglomerates in Japan, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Subaru, Hitachi, Toshiba, and Daikin are making everything from rifles to anti-tank missiles.
How to Sharpen Knives With a Whetstone: The Best Method

How to Sharpen Knives With a Whetstone: The Best Method

If you use any kind of blade regularly, it will eventually lose its edge. Whether it’s a kitchen knife, a plane, a chisel, or a saw - blades often need replacing or re-sharpening. Sharpening most bladed tools and knives, luckily, is a fairly simple process. In this article we’ll explain how to sharpen a kitchen knife with a Japanese whetstone.
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Top 5 Best Screwdriver Sets That Are Better Than Phillips Screwdrivers

The best screwdriver set will always depend on your personal needs, but one thing’s for sure: there are always better options than settling for a typical Phillips screwdriver set. If you're not careful, Phillips screwdrivers will often eat up your screws leaving them bent and mangled. Then you’ll be stuck trying to work out how to remove all those broken screws.
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7 Great Types of Pruning Saws & Why You Need Them

Pruning large trees is important, not only to shape them and prevent overgrowth, but for safety. We often need to remove branches above property that could fall and cause damage during a storm, and branches that grow too close to power lines.

There are many types of pruning saws, and many types of blades, handles, and configurations. Each saw has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose the right saw for your use case.

Japanese Power Tools

The Ultimate List of the 24 Best Japanese Power Tool Brands

Japanese power tool brands consistently rank near the top of the list for customer satisfaction, durability, quality and innovativeness. Brands like Makita, Hikoki, Tone, Shindaiwa, Echo and Kioritz are known world-over for their incredible quality and longevity. This article hopes to introduce you to some of the Japanese power tool brands that you may not have heard of, as well as to answer some of the common questions about the brands you know and love.

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Buying Guide To The Top 7 Best Nata Japanese Axes Updated Every Year

Nata are great for pruning, stripping branches, cutting through brush and undergrowth, splitting logs and bamboo, and even cutting down whole trees. They’re versatile and multi-functional, to a level much greater than a western axe or hatchet. They’re an extremely useful tool for gardening, land-clearing, and forestry.

We’ve ranked the top seven Japanese nata axes, so that if you’re in the market for a nata this year, you can know with confidence that you’re choosing the right one.

Top 5 Best Pruning Saws Updated Every Year: Know What to Look For

Top 5 Best Pruning Saws Updated Every Year: Know What to Look For

Pruning is something a lot of us neglect. Every summer, especially if you’re in a tropical or subtropical climate, there’s an explosion of plant gr...
kiridashi wood carving knife

Kiridashi: The Ultimate Marking Knife for Perfect Woodworking

Kiridashi knives are marking knives, carving knives, leather knives, and everyday carry (EDC) knives. In fact, they’re probably the closest we can get to the best EDC knife. They’re cheap, easy to use, and extremely durable. They’re loved by carpenters as marking knives, they’re used by leather workers for detailed cuts and paring, they’re handy for cutting ropes and opening boxes, and they’re used for pruning and detailing bonsai trees. The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the kiridashi knife, and show you why you need one in your tool kit.
Japanese nata tool

All About Nata: The Japanese Axe – or Is It a Machete?

What is a Japanese nata tool? Well, some people call it an axe, others call it a hatchet, and more still call it a machete. Let’s examine some of the types of nata, and some other Japanese axes, to see if we can’t work out an answer.
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Phillips Head vs JIS Screwdriver - Japanese Industrial Standard Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are one of the most widely used tools around. Even if you’re not into DIY, you’ve probably got a screwdriver somewhere in your home. ...
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How to Remove a Broken Screw on the First Try: 9 New Methods

Do you want to know why screws break and seize? Or how to remove a broken screw? This step-by-step guide will not only go over the most effective methods to remove broken, rusted, stripped or seized screws, but will explain why screws break and how you can avoid it happening again.
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Japanese Saw Types: Choose The Best Pull Saw For You

Japanese carpenters often avoid using nails and glue. They cut wood to fit together perfectly like puzzle pieces. Intricate joinery requires exceptionally high-quality and well-designed tools. The Japanese saw is one tool western woodworkers need to know about.

Japanese saws cut on the pull motion. Because of this, they require less weight on the blade while cutting, so they’re more precise and don’t need to be as thick and robust as western saws. As they're much thinner than western saws, they're sharper and far more versatile. If you’re in the market for a hand saw for wood, a pull saw may be just what you need.