Interesting New Axe Design


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MikeJackmin
June 8, 2013, 10:38 PM
http://vipukirves.fi/english/index.htm

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rcmodel
June 8, 2013, 10:43 PM
OMG!!

The rotational force from the off-center head must put tremendous strain on the wrests & arms if you fail to turn loose each strike.

Then you get blisters from the handle slipping though your fingers each strike.

I will pass, until I see somebody famous using it on a reality TV show.

rc

hso
June 8, 2013, 10:49 PM
I was wondering much the same as RC. If the thing twists in your hands there's going to be a learning curve, but the approach is so efficient as a splitting axe it would probably be worth relearning log splitting.

Sam Cade
June 8, 2013, 10:57 PM
Definitely want to wear gloves while using it.

Tomcat47
June 8, 2013, 11:08 PM
That thing is interesting for sure! I would like to know cost and of course the thought of it turning in my hands was a concern, But looks like it works well...

Then my second thought, being i was raised in mountains of NC was I wonder how it would react in Locust or Oak?

I know for a fact this works and works well...
https://www.chopper1axe.com/index.php

The one we have has a Fiberglas handle instead of the wooden handle.

Swung one of these way to much after school to think about... But it beat an sledge and wedge all day long.. kept sharp it was unstoppable!

Fred Fuller
June 8, 2013, 11:46 PM
An interesting bevel there - could it be the single bevel would offset some of the twisting or torquing? And the stroke is short, given the design of the head...

http://vipukirves.fi/english/users_guide.htm

Archaic Weapon
June 9, 2013, 12:09 AM
Yeup. Looks like a splitting ax. Kind of funny looking. I gather by the design that it only splits in one direction and only cuts wedges?

MrCleanOK
June 9, 2013, 10:28 AM
I watched the product video, and I have to say I'm impressed. It looks like it definitely takes some skill, but it can turn logs into split firewood in no time. And yes, it only splits in one direction. The video showed the user with a log standing up inside an old tire to hold the split pieces. He moved around the log in a circle, splitting as he went.

Archaic Weapon
June 9, 2013, 12:14 PM
A well made splitting wedge or maul off a traditional design will often split a heap of wood in a short time. I get leery of new designs. I've had them chip on knots, and the new "ax-wedge" combo axes have the edges ruined by that.

That new design isn't going to pack worth a flip.

shinyroks
June 9, 2013, 12:30 PM
I might see the twisting motion as a danger when the blade gets dull and fails to penetrate while chopping. While interesting, it is hard to improve upon a design tried and tested for a mellenia...

Texan Scott
June 9, 2013, 01:48 PM
My forearms hurt just thinking about this.

marcclarke
June 9, 2013, 04:03 PM
That thing is interesting for sure! I would like to know cost and of course the thought of it turning in my hands was a concern, But looks like it works well...

Then my second thought, being i was raised in mountains of NC was I wonder how it would react in Locust or Oak?

I know for a fact this works and works well...
https://www.chopper1axe.com/index.php

The one we have has a Fiberglas handle instead of the wooden handle.

Swung one of these way to much after school to think about... But it beat an sledge and wedge all day long.. kept sharp it was unstoppable!

I have one of these and it works extremely well. :thumbup:

ApacheCoTodd
June 10, 2013, 01:23 AM
Seems down right clever to me for a fella moving through a lot of splitting that has had plenty of time to dry and is straight grained.

Seems technique will be the key to satisfaction:


* The tool is very simple to use. Use your VIPUKIRVES™ like a conventional axe, but
when its blade strikes the wood, you should loosen your grip on the handle. Then the
blade is able to perform its lever function unobstructed. It is important that you allow the
handle of your VIPUKIRVES™ to turn as you hold on to it with both hands!

StrawHat
June 10, 2013, 07:58 AM
...OMG!! ... I will pass, until I see somebody famous using it on a reality TV show.

rc...

Funniest line I have read today! Thanks rc!

The Bushmaster
June 10, 2013, 10:09 AM
RC...Do you really think it would work on this oak around here? Doubt it. Looks like the wood he was splitting was a very straight grain and soft like douglas fir or alder.

TimboKhan
June 10, 2013, 11:20 AM
I don't heat with wood and thus have no need for a splitting axe, so take this with a grain of salt: I agree with RC. That looks like it would be murder on the wrists and forearms.

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