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Interesting New Axe Design

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by MikeJackmin, Jun 8, 2013.

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  1. MikeJackmin

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    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.

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  3. hso

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    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.
     
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    Definitely want to wear gloves while using it.
     
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    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!
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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...
     
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    My forearms hurt just thinking about this.
     
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    I have one of these and it works extremely well. :thumbup:
     
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    A better mouse trap?

    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!
     
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    Funniest line I have read today! Thanks rc!
     
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    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.
     
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    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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