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Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Greg

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Vipukirves Leveraxe: Firewood Made Easy

Usually, testing products is as simple as plugging them in and seeing how they work, testing them against other similar competitors. For the most part, we’re able to have a few staff give each item a try, in the office or at home or on the go. Worst case scenario,.we’ll need to install something in a car, or travel with a suitcase or bag for a bit and see how it handles. But today’s item was a bit different- we couldn’t really find a good place to test it in the city. If you’re an urban dweller, you probably have little need of an blade like this- but anyone with a fireplace who regularly ends up chopping wood should definitely consider replacing their old axe with one of these!

The Vipukirves Leveraxe is a complete redesign of the traditional model, but the description might sound familiar: a bright red blade topping a solid handle. In every other respect, it’s radically different. For starters, it’s longer than normal, which is both safer and more efficient. Also, the handle is asymmetric, which changes a few things. It’s inserted from the opposite side from usual, with a wedge shape that prevent separation- your head cannot fly off, and will actually become firmer with use. The handle itself is made of wood like your typical axe, as it dampens vibrations and the birch is warmer than a plastic or metal would be, nice in the winters. But there is a durable sleeve at the top that helps protect it further, and the axe even comes with a swanky leather sleeve that covers the blade for storage and safekeeping.

But none of those are quite revolutionary. That’s where the blade comes in, the head itself shaped in a very distinctive way, rotating naturally as you swing. For other uses, this guy might not be optimal, but for splitting an axe, it’s second to none. The trick is that you can hit near the edge of the log intentionally, never needing to strike near the middle and struggling for the first few splits, using less force and quickly making kindling. If you’ve ever swung an axe to split wood, you know how hard it can be- or if you’re not striking perfectly, you can easily miss or swing badly and injure yourself. That won’t happen here- just set your log on a chopping block, and if you can, use an old tire around it to help hold the kindling in while you quickly turn the wood into perfectly sized pieces in only a few seconds. Plus, the chopping block remains untouched, and you can use a looser grip for less strain on your hands.

Overall, the Vipukirves Leveraxe is an amazing twist on the axe, a truly Finnish innovation that is easy to love. Ours even arrived in a cool package, and they are available directly from the manufacturer for 220 Euros or so. Get ready for winter!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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