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.