Pop media outlets have been raving about the Vipukirves Leveraxe, a unique axe that not only speeds up wood-splitting, but it makes it easier too.
This Finnish-made axe can be swung like a regular axe, but has an asymmetrical cutting head. When the swung Leveraxe head comes into contact with wood, the narrow cutting edge creates an initial crack. With the motion of the cutting edge slowed by the wood, the weight of the eccentric lip comes down faster and introduces horizontal forces that spread the crack open.
Compared to how a traditional axe works, the Leveraxe should exert much greater horizontal forces that help to propagate cracks quicker and easier.
Not only is the Leveraxe designed to be quicker and easier to use, it makes it easier and safer to start splitting a log section from its edges.
Here’s a video from 2007 that shows how the Leveraxe is made and how it works:
For those in the USA or Canada, the Leveraxe is priced at 155.74 Euros, plus 47.26 Euros for shipping. Given current conversion rates, this means (1) axe will set you back about $281 USD.
Update 1/2022: The Leveraxe is now available at Amazon for $129. We could not confirm whether the axe is still made in Finland.