Recall: Snow Peak Recalls Japanese Axe Due to Laceration and Impact Hazards

Description: The recalled Japanese Axe M has item number R-061 printed on the back page of the included manual. The black axe head measures 5-3/4 inches high by 4 inches wide and weighs 2 pounds. The axe handle measures 14 inches long and is made of light-colored maple. A small black snow flake (asterisk) is burnt into the handle near the hole at the end of the handle. The handle has a small hole near the end, which is used for hanging the axe. The axe was sold with a white leather holder for the axe head that attaches with a snap strap.

Name of product: Japanese Axe M

Units: About 220

Hazard: The handle of the axe can crack, allowing the axe head to come loose, posing a laceration or impact hazard to the user or bystanders.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Japanese Axe M and return it to the Snow Peak's Portland retail store or contact Snow Peak for a free replacement axe.

Recall date: May 07, 2015

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of a cracked handle or loose head on the axe. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Outdoor equipment retail stores including Adventure 16, Backcountry Gear LTD, Camp Saver, Snow Peak Portland Store, UTE Mountaineer, and online at from December 2013 through August 2014 for about $160.

Importers: Snow Peak USA, of Portland, Ore.

Manufactured in: Japan

Consumer contact: Snow Peak toll-free at (855) 407-8390 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email at or online at and click on the recall poster for more information.

Recall number: 15-130

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