There is no denying that technological breakthroughs keep pouring in like there is no tomorrow. As these advancements come about, it is important that we appreciate their innovative design and construction. Take this apparently traditional axe called Vipukirves Leveraxe from the Finnish inventor, Heikki Karna. Don’t be judgmental; looks can be deceiving, my Lumberjack friends.
The purpose of this invention is to provide an item that effeciently fulfills the purpose of an axe while being extremely safe for use. It weighs less than 2kg and quite interestingly, sets buyers back by €193.12. There are reasons why the seemingly hefty price tag is justified and we shall take a look at those in detail.
Firstly, let’s remind ourselves how a traditional axe works. It mainly depends on the force exerted by the user. The wedged metal on the handle ensures the transfer of all momentum by the user to the wood once it makes contact. The greater that momentum, the greater the chances of splitting that wood.
Vipukirves Leveraxe is different; it functions similar to a lever as the name suggests. This is done as the centre of gravity changes and the wedge is placed with an offset to handle. As soon as the axe and the wood meet, the residual energy is utilized in the creatioon of turning effect of force. Basically, this is what makes it easier to split the wood with this axe.
One strike with the Leveraxe allows users to penetrate the wood by as much as 8cm. Now that is good enough to split the wood. It is nice to know that you no longer have to crazily strike at that wood only to split it in half. Why bother yourself so much when you can do it with ease and grace courtesy of Vipukirves Leveraxe?