I bought this axe a few weeks ago based on all the positive reviews. I've used nothing but a splitting maul for the last few decades, so it took some adjusting to get used to. This axe is a good value, but it is definitly different to the 8 lb maul I am used to. It sinks deeper into the wood and has less chance of boucing back, which is good. The downside is that if it doesn't split on the first strike, it is somewhat difficult to remove. I used it a few time on large rounds, and once they are partially split, it works fine, but don't expect the large rounds to split on the first try unless it's dry pine or something. I used it on oak, birch, and hickory with mixed results. It seed to work better if I take a smaller chunk off of the side of the round, rather that trying to split it down the middle. Also, the instuction say not to strike the backside with a sledge, like you can with most mauls, but I did anyway and again, it does not spread the wood as quickly as a maul due to the smaller angle. So, in conclusion this tool did not change my life like it did for some of the other reviewers, but it is a good value for the price.
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