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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2, Page #26
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"Leverage Axe" Splits Wood In A New Way

This new-style axe from Finland uses leverage to split wood, making it much easier to use, says the manufacturer.
  The new axe head attaches to the handle from the side, creating an off-line center of gravity. As the blade strikes the log it begins to incline, creating torque that multiplies the splitting force and also frees the blade from the wood.
  "As far as I know it's the only wood splitting tool that uses the principle of leverage," says inventor Heikki Karna. "There's almost no friction, which results in much more splitting power than a conventional axe. Another advantage is the blade doesn't stick in the block, so you don't have to spend time trying to pull the blade out. It's virtually impossible to hurt yourself, because the blade stops on the block without going all the way through it."
  Another advantage is that your hands won't get sore, even after many hours of splitting. "Due to the gradual slowing of the axe via the rotational movement, there's no abrupt shock as with conventional axes, making the Leveraxe more comfortable to use," says Karna.
  The axe also has a longer handle, which makes it easier to swing. "Even if you don't hit the target it isn't a problem, because the long handle drives the blade into the ground in front of you," he says. "A protective sleeve for the handle is designed to prevent damage to the handle from possible missed strikes."
  The Leveraxe sells for $211.87 plus $64.29 S&H. Check out the videos on YouTube.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Vipukirves Heikki Oy, Heikki Karna, Gumbontie 139, 01120 Vasterskog, Sipoo, Finland (ph 011 358 9 877 9152; GSM 050 432 3250; vipukirves@elisanet.fi; www.vipukirves.fi/English/index.htm).
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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2