I thought you all might like to see this. I lived in Japan for many years. During my time there I acquired all the basic Japanese cutting edge and related tools; chisels, planes, hammers, saws, etc. One tool, however, that I got while there is one I designed and had hand-made for me by a traditional craftsman. It is what is called a yaki-in or a branding iron. There are many cookie-cutter type places you can get them made but the craftsman I chose makes the iron by hand. Consequently, it was a bit expensive but in my opinion worth it. The shop that made mine is located in Osaka. You can check out his web-site at http://www.yakiin.jp/
The kanji in the center is mokkou, which is woodworking in Japanese.