|1937||In Nakanocho, Sanjo City (Niigata Prefecture), Yoshio Mizuno founds a company making replacement blades for wood planes.|
|1955||Increasing use of electric power tools greatly reduces demand for wood planes.
Demand proportionately increases for axes and broadaxes, which Mizuno was also previously making.
|1984||Manufacturing moves to the newly-created Fujihira Industrial area in Ogibori, Sanjo City.|
|1993||Tetsujiro Inoue, a specialist in crafting sheet metal-bending pliers, comes to Mizuno from Katsushika (Tokyo), and begins a 13-year period of training other craftsmen to make them at Mizuno.|
|2006||Mizuno Industries starts producing and marketing sheet metal-bending pliers, under the “Tokyo Kazumitsu” brand.
Yoshio Mizuno’s son Isao is awarded the official title of “Meister” by Niigata Prefecture.
|2012||Isao Mizuno is further awarded the official title of “Traditional Craftsman” by the government of Japan.|
Isao Mizuno, Traditional Craftsman
2006 Awarded official title of “Meister” by Niigata Prefecture.
2012 Awarded official title of “Traditional Craftsman” by the government of Japan
Principal Instructor, Sanjo Metalworking Group.