Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Greg0
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!