Sharpen your splitting axe

mcdougy

Minister of Fire
Apr 15, 2014
599
ontario
Is there any benefit from a sharp spitting axe? In my case a x27. I see a few pieces are missing from my edge.....kinda like an ok forged in fire strength test.... does anyone keep their axe in tip top shape for sharpness and see a big difference? I could see the necessity with a felling axe or hatchet/limping axe. Does a sharp blunt force trauma tool excel?
 

Prof

Minister of Fire
Oct 18, 2011
510
Western PA
The x 27 needs some pretty regular sharpening--especially if you are hitting dirt and rock. I usually use a short chopping block (about a 4-6 inch round) placed down in a couple tires when possible.

I don't get too fussy about sharpening. A fine, flat file works well to bring the edge back. I bought a new one a few years back (haven't used it yet), but it is about an inch and a half longer than the one I started using in 2007. The older, and somewhat shorter, X27 still works just fine after more than 70 cords of wood split.
 
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mcdougy

Minister of Fire
Apr 15, 2014
599
ontario
The x 27 needs some pretty regular sharpening--especially if you are hitting dirt and rock. I usually use a short chopping block (about a 4-6 inch round) placed down in a couple tires when possible.

I don't get too fussy about sharpening. A fine, flat file works well to bring the edge back. I bought a new one a few years back (haven't used it yet), but it is about an inch and a half longer than the one I started using in 2007. The older, and somewhat shorter, X27 still works just fine after more than 70 cords of wood split.
I ran a flat file across it and brought an edge back. Managed to even cut my finger doing it....im usually/hopefully splitting on snow so rocks aren't too bad in general. That picture is a never sharpened edge that pounded over 25 chord. It may help being sharp if I get back to some of the white oak thats available. 20 chords have been ash and it blew apart easy.
 
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Jags

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Staff member
Aug 2, 2006
18,188
Northern IL
Axe...yes. Maul...not so much. Or at least that was the old school theory.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,201
Downeast Maine
Just clean it up with a flat file as others have mentioned. Unless you are carving or doing precision work then you won't need to do anything else.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
5,201
Downeast Maine
I have been using the same maul since the early 70's. I have never sharpened it.
It would make a difference, but not as much as sharpening a splitting axe.
 

Tar12

Minister of Fire
Dec 9, 2016
1,669
Indiana
Sharp vs dull ? I will take sharp over dull anyday! Sharp equals less swings wether it be a maul or axe...
 
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stoveliker

Feeling the Heat
Nov 17, 2019
267
Eastern Long Island NY
I sharpen my splitting axe regularly - I don't think there is a disadvantage, and tinkering in my garage/shop is a good way to keep me sane...