Watch: Weirdest Axe Ever Made?
Russ Chastain 11.14.17
The Chopper 1 splitting axe is pretty cool. It uses a pair of spring-loaded “splitting levers” to force the wood apart as the head is driven in.
Watch this first video to see how NOT to install an axe head on a wooden handle. He whacks the head with a rubber mallet to drive it onto the handle; what a joke. You are supposed to either hit the other end of the handle with a heavy hammer, or hold the handle vertically with the axle head on top and drive the butt end of the handle into a hard object, such as a large wood block. This uses the inertia of the heavy head, rather than relying on the tiny amount of force applied by that rubber mallet.
After that, though, he gets down to business and this is one splitting axe that seems to work quite well.
It’s been years since I split any firewood, and back then I used a standard splitting maul, but if the dukey hits the fan, heating with wood will definitely become more popular.
He said they’re not making them anymore, but it turns out, that’s wrong. It’s back! Initially made from 1975-1989 according to this page, they are once again for sale. Be ready to pay up, though. They cost $90 each. Cheaper than a hydraulic splitter, though, and certainly more sustainable in a primitive or grid-down situation.
What do you think of this axe head system? Here’s another video, but after the first few seconds, you’ve seen it all. It just keeps spinning ’round and ’round.