Riving knife – why?

What’s a splitter?
A riving knife is, as the name suggests, a wedge-shaped very common in forestry tool for felling trees. Also splitting wedges are used also in the home at the cutting of firewood.

Why do you need a gap wedge?
When the wood pieces are too big or too hard to cut these by means of beatings with an splitting axe just come the splitting wedges to use, keep the wood on voltage so that you can penetrate deeper into the wood.

The wedges are driven with a blow Mallet, Cleaver or a sledgehammer into the wood.

What material is a riving knife?
They are mostly made of steel alloys such as aluminum or solid steel. Depending on the intended use, they are only several hundred grams or the necessary for large trees splitting wedges up to several kilograms.

Maintain splitting axe

For a splitting-axe or a Cleaver to keep as long as possible, they should also be maintained.

How to maintain a splitting axe?

You should consider some things if you want to maintain a splitting axe and long will receive:
Remove after the use of the dirt
Lightly oil the blade head particularly in a long time of non-use
Regular Regrinding (best with the axe grinder)
Protective cover, which is included with most here, pull up

The splitting-axe is sure hold and guarantee lots of fun with these simple tips.

Splitting axe-sharpening – how to sharpen an axe

Since it is not an easy task to sharpen an axe, it will take some practice, letting one gain the proper experience needed for doing it correctly. One would need to learn what equipment should be used, as well as other devices needed in order to perform the sharpening procedures correctly.

The tools needed for the splitting axe sharpening

There are many different choices in grinding equipment, for sharpening your axe, that will be suitable for this type of axe. What more, one should be familiar with the sharpening of all devices. The pressure and the angle of the edge to the stone is important. It is easy to make the cutting edge dull if it is done the wrong way. One should never sharpen an axe using the Schleifflex, it is too fast, and gets it too hot, and this leads to losing the steel. Doing so will only continuing making it dull, and also useless. In order to sharpen the splitting axe like a pro, it is best to keep it away from the Flex.

You should either commit to sharpening your cutting edge with two stones or else leave the job to a professional. A course grinding wheel with a fine stone should then be the way to grind it. There is also the Flex that is available, however, one should make sure not to let the Flex disk revolve for long periods of time on the steel. Let the disk come into contact with the axe loosely, with short strikes. If the steel turns blue, you have already messed up.

In conclusion

People use different methods in which to sharpen an axe. However, it would be better to use a device in sharpening your axe that allows the angle to be adjusted. Then you will always know that what is in the green area is correct. The best way to go about sharpening your axe would be to either use all the right equipment and/or devices for the job, or you could call an experienced person, one that specializes in the sharpening of your type of axe.

So remember, it is possible to get back the original sharpness of your splitting axe by using the correct equipment and/or other devices to it in the correct matter. This can even be performed at a lower cost than you would have imagined.

Maul – unlike the splitting axe

What makes a maul different than a splitting axe?

Splitting axes are used to assist in splitting wood. The original forest axe was designed for chopping wood, splitting wood would cause it to stick and was hard to get it loose. The splitting axe was designed for the chore of cutting through the fibers in wood, and easy to split into. Unlike the forest axe, the splitting axe was designed with a large head, a having a concave shape, which helps cut on the grain. Having a slimmer edge is what allows it to easily penetrate, working faster at splitting the wood, but using less effort.

The splitting axe has the capability of splitting wood, leaving manageable chunks behind. Different manufacturers offer a variety of different styles, having different types of handles, and made with a variety of different materials. The splitting axe is preferred over the maul for splitting wood because of its weight. With lesser weight to contend with it will save on time and the effort one has to put into it. It offers handle made of both, fiber or wood materials. The axe handle made out of fiber are lighter, and more durable than the wood handles are. It simply a matter of choice, less weight or not!


Mauls are more like large hammers

The different types of Mauls are the: post Maul, splitting Mauls, and the war hammers. Back in the medieval times the war hammers were used as weapons in battles, using the blunt force of the war hammer in action and pounded onto helmets would cause an immediate concussion. The war hammers were more effective than that of the other war axes, and eventually they being spiking the other end of the war hammer in order to be able to penetrate armor, allowing the attack of various other body parts.

The post Maul, known as the sledgehammer covers a wider range on impact due to its head being wider. It is now used mostly for the demolition of construction sites. The spike Mauls have an elongated face that is doubled on its steel head, giving out an impact similar to a sledgehammer and are generally used for putting in railroad spikes on train tracks, giving it the name ‘spiking hammer’. These have a bell pattern, and also the standard pattern.


Splitting Mauls

It is sometimes referred to as the go devil, block buster, sledge axe, and the block splitters. Resembling both, an axe and a hammer, and was designed for both jobs. However, since their heads are conical, with more weight than an axe. It also has a wider head than does an axe, which is what keeps it from getting struck in wood. The handle of the Maul was designed to allow for better leveraging, as well as swinging, which are straighter and more round.


How is a Maul used?

A Maul will be used on the logs flushed cut part, located on the stump or the base. However, a Maul can sometimes get stuck if the wood should have a knot, or it is very long, if so, just re-swing it with the log attached. It can be narrowed down to ones preferences.