So this new fangled axe has been burning up cyber space as a hip cool exciting modern way to split wood. It looks interesting, and everyone is like SCIENCE! LEVERAGE! NO MORE WEDGE! WHAT TOOK SO LONG! SO MUCH SAFER!
Here's the thing(s):
All the demos show him splitting easy-to-split hunks of birch in what look to be frigid temps. Not really anything ground breaking happening, ideal conditions for one chop shopping.
That handle twists VIOLENTLY as it impacts. As every article/blog/geek site has pointed out, a glancing blow from a traditional axe can do great bodily harm. This looks like it could do some damage too though. Maybe I'm just overly sensitive since I'm coming off of multiple wrist surgeries.