YouTube tool videos, the good, the bad, the ridiculous: The axe bozos are back.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Here we go again!

First off, in the ridiculous category, we have this video that purports to show you how to use a splitting axe.

Number one, the so called “golf swing” (swinging the axe horizontally at a stick laying sideways on the ground) is darned near the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do with an axe. NEVER swing at a stick that isn’t solidly backed up in the direction of the axe strike. The “golf swing” wastes energy and it’s nearly impossible to control safely.

Number two, if you do insist on using one of these “super” axes with the radically curved cheeks, do NOT try to split little chunks from the side of the stick. The curved cheeks WILL cause the axe to glance off the larger portion of the stick and the thin split piece will not keep the head corralled inside the wood. Out of control axe, again.

On the good side, we have this video. Little bit of a short handle on the axe to not be using a block but a good quick tutorial on reading the existing cracks on the stick as guides for splitting!

Finally, we finish up with the just plain bad video.

If you don’t get through all the way and the stick falls over, don’t beat it to death as it lays there on the ground. Trying to split from the side of the stick with a maul is an exercise in frustration.

If you don’t get through it all the way and the maul sticks, do NOT lift the entire maul and stick combination. You will NOT develop the power of swing just the maul alone and it’s another unsafe out of control situation.

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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)

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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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