Revolutionary Finnish Wood-splitting Axe

“Vipukirves™ is an efficient tool for chopping firewood, possessing many advantages, such as speed and work safety, over traditional axes and small hydraulic log splitters. Vipukirves™ separates sections from the log using a
unique lever action that allows logs with branches to be split into firewood in

The splitting force of Vipukirves™ is considerably stronger than with a traditional axe.

Strike and loosen! Vipukirves™ has an ingenious design. Upon striking the log, it automatically turns to the right and detaches the chopped portion from the log. Vipukirves™ functions like a conventional axe with the exception that the user must loosen his/her the grip on the handle when the blade strikes the log. Chopped sections are removed with a single strike and the blade doesn’t become lodged in the log, but keeps it in the same place and ready for the next strike.”

From  Evan Kahn

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

10 Responses to Revolutionary Finnish Wood-splitting Axe

  1. Video shows this axe splitting pine or some similar soft wood. How does it handle a piece of gnarly oak? Bob Patterson, Fernley, NV

  2. just wondering re that tire….

    if one is very certain to hit the wood, it's a good idea, but if one should slip (and accidents do happen,even to the most talented)…it would be a bit dangerous.

    just imagine full force whacking that tire with axe, and wondering which part of your body it might lop off as it rebounds…

  3. Makes me dizzy. Just another guy reinventing the wheel. I will stick with the old ways. but thanks anyway


  4. yea, as a kid I smacked a tire with a hammer for fun and it rebounded and smacked me a good one in the face. Had a nice big chunk out. Not so safe.

  5. I have a Leveraxe and it is a masterful splitter with the correct technique–it is one of my favorite "toys" to play in the woods with. Much recommended!

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