More youTube videos, the good, the bad, the super ugly: Axes, saws, and knives.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Man, the good examples of bad examples just keep rolling in!

The first video is a great example why it’s a bad idea to try to chop wood with any kind of knife. Because a knife edge is the wrong angle to do this kind of work with and a knife is way too light, it has a tendency to glance off the wood instead of biting. In this case, this is even worse with this tree since seasoned dead wood is much harder than green wood. I wouldn’t want to be within sight of this guy when that knife glances off and goes flying who knows where.

Where do I start with this second video, besides giving it the ridiculous award of the day? First, don’t leave half the tree behind because you don’t want to bend over to cut it close to the ground. Next, if you’re going to cut a tree with a saw, use a REAL saw. This little bow saw is fine for cutting up small limbs but it’s far too small and too fine to be cutting down a tree with. Last, trying to saw a tree straight through is an invitation for it to fall in a random direction and also pinch the saw blade.

Last up, here’s a video of how to safely split small wood using a hand axe. Two thumbs up on this one!

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Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Mondays)
Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Fridays)
298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

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