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The Craziest Axe Ever Made!

August 14, 2019


So welcome back guys, I got a very exciting video for you today We’re gonna find out once and for all who is the king of splitters What was going on there So it seems to be one of the most important things in a test like this is consistency We’ve got to have consistent wood to get accurate outcome right how much more consistent Can we get then two rounds from the exact same tree so let me fire up the chainsaw. We’ll cut out four rounds here We’re gonna try to splitting methods. We’re gonna try Working around the corners knocking the edges off, and then we’ll do the traditional p ie method I think this is going to give us a pretty good on answer on which one is the best bits best splitter I Was thinking on the way down here one of the funniest things one of funny stories I ever heard I wanted to share with you guys all the fighting here was From some of you guys from the old days of Wrangler barn channel will remember my old hint a neighbor Henry Henry was in his late 80s Early 90s Get but he was a logger his whole life up on Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens up in that area Worked as a mechanic as well, and he was one of the most brilliant guys. I ever met smartest guys Mechanical genius he never learned to read So he was telling me a story his wife Marion they used to she used to do a lot of canning and so she was doing this water bath canning in her kitchen and she was Had this big metal jack. You know the jack the game used to play where you drop the ball And you pick up the jacks You know they kind of look like a cowl trap those little metal things with the balls on the ends Well, she had kind of a novelty one It was a great big one here several pounds, and she had that in her kitchen And she would use that to wait down the jars because when your water bath canning You know they want to lift up You got to keep him down so this Jack had been sitting in this boiling hot water for a long time You know like half hour, so it was hot. You know hundreds of degrees well She she had oven mitts or something she would take it out And she sat it on the counter right when she set it down the counter one of Henry’s friends came by To visit and he came in and sat down at the counters like hey Marion. How’s it going? Where’s Henry at and? He looked at this great big jack and he reached over. He granted. It. Just come out of this boiling hot water He reached over his bare hands picked it up and set it back down I looked at Marion and said don’t take me long to look at something Told me that story I thought that that was That I ever did here you know he didn’t haul her or hoop or yell? I mean, that’s the epitome of that’s a tough guy right there. Don’t take me long to look at I thought that that was pretty funny here. All right. Let’s get this sharpened up, and we’ll make that last cut and we’ll get to Get this video moving along Alright alright, let’s bring out the first the first round Alright, let’s talk about two radical different schools of thought right here So first off. This is this is my go-to right here. This is the? Prandial it’s called. I call it the Bismarck because it looks to it it reminds me of everything. It’s German big strong overbuilt Powerful lasts a long lifetime It this is my go-to when all else fails It would I really get something that’s gnarled and and big this is my biggest heaviest sledge And there’s a lot of really cool features of this. You know you take it for granted You most people just look at this and think oh, yeah Sledge is a sledge is a sledge, but it’s not there’s so much evolution. That’s went into this Perfect example this is rare to see this on an edge this here. That’s for hooking That’s having two tools in one you notice earlier Maybe that I was using this to move those rounds around you can use the tool to bite into there because of that little beak That sticks down and move things around very rare. You don’t see that on big box stores. You don’t see that hardly anymore That that’s really a nice attention to detail a long taper look at that beautiful taper in this thing It’s got a long taper, so you don’t have a great big bulbous And on it that when you strike into something wet would you’ve had malls it just bounced out very frustrating you don’t get so much of that here because of just the superior design and shape now this over here the the Chopper one. This is a very different school of thought here. This is more of A splitting axe rather than splitting maul what’s the difference? Well the handle for one you can see it’s got a traditional style a handle there We’ll cover that here in a minute But a little bit faster swinging speed a little bit different concept of course the the chopper one has this mechanical advantage when then that’s what we’re we’re here to find out today is this going to be superior to The traditional heavy maul as he sort of wings flip out there is it going to below this waterway It’s going to knock it out. So that’s well find that fight. That’s what we’re gonna find out today let’s cover the handles real quickly and then we’ll get into the test so not only do the heads share a Completely different school of thought when it comes to splitting wood So the handles you want to see two perfect examples of how handles should be done right here Oh, so so much this I could go on and on about this all day again to the casual observer You’re just gonna. Think as a handles and handles a handle right no man this brandy I I wish brandy axes were available in the States Instead of just a Europe because man they are the more that I use them you know they have become Next to grab force Brooks my go-to axes the ones that I keep I access coming through my hands all the time The ones that I’m really reluctant to give away are these I just love them. They’re so much good to say about them Just the handles alone would be a video look at this strong Heavy handle right here But it what it does is it gives you that strength up here where you have a tendency to over strike? We’ve all done that you’ll look at malls and they’re beat up right there gives you some longevity there it gives you a few if you miss you can make a few mistakes on it not break your handle and Then it tapers down here to where your hands are going to be working into a nice comfortable more manageable size This is too fat This is just right But they don’t stop there and here’s where the rubber meets the road and what you don’t see is it actually has a little palm Swell on it that that really helps with fatigue, and it’s it’s not typically done because it costs more money You have to start with a much bigger piece of wood to end up with that and then they I mean there’s so much this Hand I can’t even tell you from the way. It’s hung to the eye. It’s really really well done but it’s a straight handle so and that’s what you usually get from a mall now this here is a Splitting axe now these are more popular. They were certainly more popular out west especially There’s guys that used to split wood all the time even I think when my dad was in high school There was some guys to have the paper mill young guys would work down there And that’s what they did all day is they split firewood for the wood boilers, and he said they look like look like Mr.. Olympian bodybuilders, yeah the shoulders in the back imagine having a job where you split wood all the time but they preferred a splitting axe and that may have something to do with it could be regional as well as The type of wood that we split which would have been Douglas fir at that at that mill but look at this this is Handle perfection right here it is got a beautiful fawns foot with a little kick on it It has a nice curve to it. It is so good I’ve looked at it and felt it and studied that I am going to use this as a template for future splitting axes It’s really that good. I mean look at that. It’s got a nice big swell at the end of it You know if you can see that or not right there comes down fits the hand really well beautiful sweeping sweeping arc really Just really works with the body. It’s I just man. I’m ranting I could go on and on about these head let’s split Good grief of going on about handles and go on all day should it’s a whole video in itself there Okay, so I changed my mind we’re gonna. We’re gonna use this one piece. We’re gonna Chop opposite sides because it’s so symmetrical that I think that that’s gonna give us the best best test so Plus and run out of daylight been messing around so long okay? So let’s start with the chopper one chopper one here will work on the right-hand side and then we’ll work over here on the left with the HMS Bismarck, okay, you ready We’re gonna. Just do the side chop method here. Oh Didn’t stick let’s give it two hits Three Four Okay, five well. We have five right there to knock it off the side Nice thing about it is it didn’t stick right. We don’t like sticking. That’s Creep makes us gives us a lot of extra work Okay now the Bismark Try to do a hit in the same place here Both those split in the same, okay, let’s move the camera, and they’ll work don’t hit these two side I guess we could do it right here. It’s a little bit tall for me this chopping block but That’s alright. We’ll make it work Hopefully we’re gonna focus okay, so we’ll do the right here With the chopper one oh man that was a good oh Yeah That’s two oh if I would have hit it that would have been the third one would have knocked that off there. That was User error oh man the pressures on pressures on for the Bismark Got the same piece of wood pretty consistent here Oh that was a good one felt the crack. Oh – again the same thing I’ll back up a little bit, okay, so we got three again three again So you remember we talked about the fibrous? Fibrous I wonder if that would have that Chopper would have knocked that one off if I would hit it right okay? Now. We got two more splits here can this? Can we do it in one? with the chopper one Here we go oh Yeah look at it blasted apart no fibres remaining alright That’s pretty good, we’re were we were on the top there yeah right there Will the Bismark? Will let chop And one here Oh Even with more authority if I had to admit it Okay, so let’s do a quick. Let’s do the pie method. I’d say that was a push That was a push Man is there anything better then out in the forest splitting Doug Fir In the cold autumn day 27 degrees today Okay, now. We’ll try the pie method. We’ll see what happens who comes out on top, and I’ll give you my conclusions here I’m forming opinions right now So last time we did the slabbing method right, where we take it? and knock the four corners off and then usually one billet left in the middle you can split it We’re gonna do the traditional way the pie method this time, and I’ll just I brought you a little bit closer And then we’ll alternate so let’s start with a chopper one We’ll see how many times. It’s going to take the split here, so ready Okay one two Three Four Five oh I missed six Seven eight Nine Ten Eleven twelve thirteen Fifteen sixteen come on It’s complete split over here, I would of course I would have moved around with the split, but I wanted to see if I could split it I Lost track We’re gonna we’re in it now come on come on Getting personal What was going on there It wasn’t any there’s no nod or anything there really Man that that was not very good all right. That’s well another one on See what the Bismarck can do man How to get you out Get you in shape so this is Actually the Bismarck set a bit of a disadvantage here because this one’s even bigger This one’s even bigger We’ll see we’ll see what happens same tree these two were connected to each other side whoo All right, I don’t know how how scientific this is let’s just We’ll get others a knot right there There wasn’t a knot There wasn’t a knot with the chopper one well come on with German power they can overcome oh I feel solid one two Three We might be here for a while I’ll let you guys can’t worry about All you hardwood guys tell me all the time how easy this stuff is to split We work for our Steel Whoo That’s a heavy Malda split, I just wait We got a crack, that’s it, it’s Curtains now matter time oh Yeah, I love it love it CrossFit CrossFit does it counter if I pry it apart We keep at it. We’re not gonna give up Yeah Come on one more All right, I wasn’t Counting give me a Give me the count in the comments Man, I think I need to get out and chop some more wood all right so let’s wrap it up with my conclusions All right friends So I Wanted somebody go go back, and if you can rewatch that put the comments how many well how many swings did it take? for each one I Guess is that definitive, but it was a tie on the first one It was probably pretty close to a tie on the second one so it’s all going to come down to user experience how about that user experience because they’re obviously they both work I have to say That I do feel a little bit of I don’t know if I’d call it pain or discomfort In my hands from the mechanical motion of the vibration coming from those jaws slapping up Transferring through the handle even though. There’s a good hickory looks like a Hickory handle my hands. They hurt a little bit. I don’t Maybe it’s just me maybe I’m just soft, but I don’t think that it would be of wise or a guy would really want to if you were say one of those guys back in the 60s that split wood for a living If you’d want to swing this all day, you know I don’t know I haven’t done it But I kind of feel like that may could be a problem now is that gonna be an issue for the rest of us who you know maybe go out and split wood for 3-4 hours in the Morning, or until lunch not probably not, but it could be I don’t remember. I split a lot of wood, and I don’t remember feeling that that pain in my hands, and I think That it’s a direct directly to that I knew it now. I know when I went into the wood I could kind of jarred me it’s kind of that’s kind of uncomfortable So I’d say that that was a downside It there’s no such thing as magic of course We knew that but I can pretty much say From my experience so far that it’s not a toy It is not a toy and and and this is This is a one specific. Type of wood will it work better with maple or with beech or with oak or Hickory You know I don’t know that’s up to you Would I recommend it over something like the Bismarck? No. I don’t I don’t think so I don’t dislike it at all, but that that pain From the vibration is a big problem for me even though I do like a lot about it, but you’re gonna have some added maintenance issues there Possibility these things breaking. I just don’t know I I just haven’t seen an advantage that would overcome The kind of the hand pain factor over the ee old Bismarck right here. This is a good one right here. That’s That’s pretty hard to beat a little easier to swing this one. This was a little bit lighter But I think that’s enough. I think we you draw your own conclusion so appreciate the Appreciate you guys taking the time to watch if you don’t mind take a moment click the thumbs up I’m working hard out here for you guys So it’s what you could do to way you could say thank you it helps the channel out and so another video I wanted to do that. I thought we maybe will do real quick while I’m out here is Maybe test the Bismarck up against a wedge after wedges. I’ve got two style wedges. I got the prandtl’s Versus the regular wedge And I’ve always been curious to see is it is there an advantage which one would be better Which which is gonna be faster and more efficient? So if you’d like to see that let me know in the comments, and we can I’m going in it’s gonna be suppertime here But come back out tomorrow, and do it so thanks for watching and we’ll see you guys on the next video

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  1. You gota put you purse down and hit it like a man would hit it. I swing my go devil different than you also. But you got it done. Good enough

  2. My grandfather had a Bismark. With the right amount of power and aim, you can split those logs like an explosion. We made a competition out of it how far the wood pieces would reach each time we chopped some wood together.

    I also had experiences with the other one. Lots of vibration. A bit heavier so it's a bit more rude, especially with those splitters inside. Less sticky than the Bismark. But by far not as effective as a Bismark.

  3. โ€œIt dont take me long to look at somethingโ€ thats from Beverly Hillbillies, they came into town and the blacksmith had just finished hammering a horseshoe, one of them picked it up while it was still hot and dropped it real fast , one of the others asked if he burned himself and he said โ€œNope , dont take me long to look at a horseshoeโ€

  4. One of my sons has chopped a lot of wood and maybe he took lessons from WTRiver's grandad. I watched him bounce a maul off a round about a dozen times. Then he smiled at me and gave it one more lick. The round exploded into about a dozen nearly identical pieces ready for the stove. There are workers; there are craftsmen; and there are artists.

  5. I remember being fascinated by the Chopper 1 at the hardware store when I was a kid (late 70's, early 80's). We heated the house primarily with wood, and I always tried to convince my dad to buy the Chopper; he wasn't interested and stuck to his version of the Bismarck. Now I'm 40something and could afford to buy a handful of Choppers if I wanted… but I stick to Dad's old Bismarck, albeit with a few modifications I made with an angle grinder.

  6. Axes has been a part of our tradition since the viking age. 1200 years of evolution has got to this: https://www.gransforsbruk.com/product/gransfors-slaggyxa/.

  7. I get the impression that even if youtube didn't exist, this guy would still do this thorough comparison test with no-one watching..

  8. That is a damn funny story. Reminds me of the old guys I used to work with farming. They always had a good funny story to tell. XD

  9. When I busted firewood, I used the big maul like you had here. However, I made one big swing to make it stick in the wood. I then used a sledgehammer to hit the maul. It saved a lot of swings that way. Both the splitting maul and the sledgehammer were all metal.

  10. Is there a specific methodology when splitting wood with many branches? Most of the wood I encounter has many branches, I get most of my wood from trees in an urban environment and they have more large lower branches. If you could do a video on this I greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

  11. i have to state two things,
    1. when splitting hole pieces in half try giving one hit to the close and one hit to the far end ๐Ÿ˜‰
    2. Fiskars X27 is the best axe i ever used! Give it a try!

  12. I dont know if thats the point but it would be more efficient if he chopped with the grain not against it. At least from the camera angle to it looks like he is going against the grain

  13. I literally have one of those splitting axes with the fingers. One thing i noticed was that on stingier wood the wood gets jammed in there. I even have a video of that vs the fiskars splitting axe. Fiskars is less work for me. Im just a youtube commentor though ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I used to split wood with various axes since i was young, the one i was most comfortable, was a rather heavy wood splitting maul like the one you used

  15. I inherited one of the chopper axes years ago, and use it alongside an 8lb fiskars maul. For small to medium size rounds, up to 10-12", it literally explodes the wood apart with minimal effort. My record is about 20' with a clean split on an 8" log. That said, I also find it extremely difficult to hit exactly where I want it to go, it always seems to hit to the one side. Often as not, I find myself using the maul because it hits where I want, and with the fiberglass handle, there is no shock or bounce

  16. This seemed more like a demonstration that the slab/corner method is more efficient than the pie method, versus a comparison of axes

  17. I'm a Pennsylvania country boy that grew up splitting and ranking wood and there is definitely a Technic to it from finding where the knots are to finding the natural split in the wood and striking it the whole way across the natural crack in the wood from side to side and then it's a matter of striking it a few times on that natural crack and doesn't take me long but I definitely use a splitting maul either 6 or 8pd although I grew up with a old timer that split wood with a double sided ax and did just as good although the key to that is twisting the ax in ur hands slightly the second it strikes the wood to almost blow it apart but with the double sided ax the best way is the side chipping method totally different from the heavy weighted splitting maul and after watching this video I'll stick with my good ole reliable 6 to 8pd splitting maul.

  18. How do everyone split wood like the approach where to hit the wood. My grand father told me to imagine a solid metal band around the wood and hit is on the front side and the back side and should loosen it and it will show your if there's any knots that you cant see. From upstate my that's how we hear the house no boilers or gas or electric heat.

  19. Nice comparison there..BUUUT,i had an ideea 10 years ago when i was sooo exhausted and my hands ripping off during 2 months of cutting and splitting wood wood for fire…when you have a trusty banger china-replica chainsaw like me,that was like 12 dollars (equivalent converted from Romanian currency) that i buyed as SH and repair with a cost of 10 dolars…,ok,was a very hard way to deal like 100 cubic meter of wood to cut and split within 2 months all alone with a grossly refurbished chainsaw and a regular axe,the second year i think i reinvented that demolished bulky axe…cutoff the blade of the axe,welded a piece of plow cutting piece as the axe blade,welded leftover pieces of the same material as the blade arround the handle hole,overall making it from a harder material that last LOOONGER,allot tougher than the original material,also made it HEAVIER…like a 10 kilos sledgehammer with an axe blade,replaces succesfully the axe+sledgehammer+3wedges combo into just the new axe+2 wedges,splits wood waaaay faster that the pieces you tested here in this video,the wedges i used where hard nodes were in the wood chunks before i even dig the blade in the wood,very nice splitting with that combo,saves allot of time and saves your hands better !!!

  20. Doesnt take me long to.look at something ….never laughed so hard in my life….good one …and the splitting lol great video

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