You’ve Been Chopping Wood All Wrong

Everyone loves a good winter bonfire. And while the image of a lumberjack in flannel is what comes to mind when people thing of log splitting, there’s actually a great deal of technique to getting it right. Here we see two unique techniques in motion – a non-traditional maul (Fiskars) and a chain. When it comes to saving time, these guys know what they’re doing.

Non-Traditional Splitting Axes

The old trusty maul axe has been a time tested tradition amongst wood splitters. It relies on a simple high grade steel formed into a wedge and a linseed-oiled handle. For the first part, all you need to do is keep the wedge honed and it should sever a decent number of logs before needing to be sharpened again.

However, there have been some recent developments that challenge the revered maul axe. Fiskars is a Finnish company that produces a variety of tools ranging from scissors to knives. It’s only natural that they would branch out – no pun intended – into the realm of chopping and splitting axes. What makes these particular splitting axes unique is the shape of the wedge. Whereas a traditional maul axe would have a curved wedge surface, Fiskars uses a propriety diamond wedge shape. (more…)

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Immediately noticeable is fewer strokes between splitting logs. However, as this reviewer pointed out, Fiskars sometimes uses sub-par steel to form their axe heads. This results i