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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.
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 a 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.
The firm has received three reports of a cracked handle or loose head on the axe. No injuries have been reported.
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.
Outdoor equipment retail stores including Adventure 16, Backcountry Gear LTD, Camp Saver, Snow Peak Portland Store, UTE Mountaineer, and online at www.snowpeak.com from December 2013 through August 2014 for about $160.
Snow Peak USA, of Portland, Ore.
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