Experience KATSU FA01: The Samurais’ Touch in a Modern Tactical Folding Axe

Cutting-edge innovation in tactical tool

There's something both mesmerizing and primal about a well-crafted piece of metal, don't you think? A symbol of humanity's ascension from caveman to conqueror, it’s just fascinating. Today, I’m introducing you to a remarkable, fierce, yet elegant tool – the KATSU FA01, a Tactical Folding Axe.

Born out of a partnership between KATSU and Nemoto Knives, this masterpiece tells a compelling story of Japanese craftsmanship and military-grade precision. Every groove and contour on this piece speaks of its designer, Mr. Nemoto Tomoyuki, a former para-trooper of the JSDF.

What draws you in about this hatchet is its perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Just as samurais folded their kimonos, this axe folds right into a knife. It's robust, metal body, adorned with a titanium coating, has a certain panache to it. It marries practicality with portability, making those dreaded tasks of carrying and storing your axe a tale of yore.

This isn't your average camping tool. It's a testament to innovative design and thoughtful functionality. It's a bridge that spans the divide between the multi-purpose chopping blades and wood splitting tools, and will surely add a dash of unexpected practicality on your next wilderness adventure.

Diving into the features, the Axis Lock is a true piece of engineering. With a spring-loaded bar moving to and fro within a slot, this mechanism brings a sense of balance to your tool, ensuring ambidextrous operation with ease. The interaction between the Axis and the tang improves the strength of the fold, offering swift and secure blade deployment.

The multipurpose bolt, as the name suggests, serves several roles. From breaking glass to reinforcing the blade, it's a discreet yet potent addition. Encased in a tactical nylon sheath adorned with a carbon fiber pattern, it's ready to accompany you on any field activity, or be the crowning jewel of your collection.

But what about the materials? The combination of G10 and Carbon Fiber Protector on the handle exudes resilience and style, while the titanium-coated D2 tool steel blade whispers promises of long-lasting durability.

This formidable tool measures an overall length of 10.1 inches, with a blade length of 3.15 inches, and weighs in at a comfortable 880 grams. Its packed weight is slightly more at 940 grams, but it’s a small price to pay for such versatility.

For $299.99, the KATSU FA01 offers an invaluable blend of practicality, elegance, and sophistication. It's not merely a tool; it's a piece of art that carries the spirit of the Samurai into the modern era. It's your companion for the rugged outdoors, a protector in times of need, and a conversation starter around a campfire. It's an experience, encapsulated in steel. Truly, a remarkable piece.


  1. Innovative Design: The combination of a traditional axe and modern folding knife design provides a unique tool, offering versatility in various situations.
  2. High-Quality Materials: The use of G10 and Carbon Fiber Protector on the handle, as well as titanium-coated D2 tool steel for the blade, ensures durability and longevity.
  3. Functionality: The Axis Lock mechanism allows for easy and secure blade deployment, making it user-friendly and practical.
  4. Portability: With its foldable design, it becomes a compact tool, easy to store and carry during field activities.
  5. Multi-purpose: The additional bolt serves as a glass breaker and blade reinforcer, increasing the overall functionality of the axe.


  1. Price: At $299.99, the KATSU FA01 may be considered expensive for a camping tool by some potential buyers.
  2. Weight: While not necessarily heavy, at 880g it might be a little weightier than some might prefer for a camping or field tool.
  3. Learning Curve: Given its unique folding design and features, there may be a slight learning curve for users unfamiliar with such tools.
  4. Handle Material: While the handle's materials are durable, some users might find the G10 and Carbon Fiber Protector combination less comfortable than traditional wood handles.
  5. Limited Blade Length: The blade length of 3.15 inches might be shorter than what some users would prefer for certain tasks.


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