Those crazy Fins always come up with something interesting and revolutionary. This time it’s a new design for something that you would have expected would not change for hundreds of years. But if you thought that, you’d be wrong.
Of course the standard simple design of your basic log splitting axe was just too basic to be left alone. And, of course a new design for such a basic tool would have to come from an area of the world that uses a lot of firewood – Finland.
A lone inventor by the name of Heikki Kärnä (try saying that three times fast) was bored of the very uninspired splitting axes and maul he had seen and used. He decided a newer and much safer version could be engineered.
He got to work, and after many attempts came up with a unique and rather interesting design that takes the use of physics to a whole new level were splitting wood is concerned.
Mr. Kärnä created what he calls the Leveraxe. Take one look at this tool and you might not have any idea what it is you’re looking at. It kind of looks like an axe, but not really. Sure, it has an axe handle, but the head looks nothing like what you’d normally use to split a log.
While your normal axe head drives downwards through a log and uses the gradual wedge shape of the head to force wood apart, the Leveraxe is different. You have to drive it from an up to down path just like a normal splitting axe, but the off and intelligently designed head then rotates upon making contact with the wood.
This forced motion, which takes no extra effort from the user, does a couple of things. First, it forces the wood you just split to fracture as the bit is forced from a vertical position to a horizontal one. Second, and maybe even more important, this motion is much safer for the user.
You don’t have to worry about hitting your own leg with an over swing as the motion toward the end of your swing brings the head to your side instead of straight down.
It’s a very new concept. However, one major question remains. Does this thing actually work?
Luckily, there are many Vipukirves Leveraxe reviews online to read should you feel like this might be the right axe for you. You can get a good idea of what other users have experienced with the axe and whether or not more people than not have found it to live up to the hype.
There are even video reviews of people using it, so you can get a better idea of what to expect before you take the financial plunge.
Regardless of whether or not you think it’s the right axe for you, it’s still a pretty cool concept. There is always room for improvement and updating old designs that haven’t been changed in hundreds of years is a great place to start.