The ax isn’t typically something we think of as modern or revolutionary. It’s one of the oldest tools in the prehistoric human toolbox. The only thing is how hard it is to actually use an ax! Splitting wood with an axe requires a huge amount of power to drive the wedge into the wood and split it without getting the ax stuck. It is also dangerous and cannot be performed by a child.
Leverage was the answer to the problem. Leverage — in which a shallow angle is used to maximise the force of the weight on the other end of the lever creating the angle — is a more efficient way of transferring force.
And so the Leveraxe was born.
The traditional axe is based on using a wedge that requires enough momentum to split the wood. The Leveraxe, on the other hand, is based on a lever mechanism and a rotational action. The head is attached from the side, not the center, which alters its center of gravity. There’s also a wider edge. When the ax hits the wood, the head twists in your hands and for a brief moment the sharp edge of the ax becomes a lever, breaking off whatever chunk of wood is at the side of the blade.
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