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This review is from: Spear & Jackson - Razorsharp Razorsharp 2.5lb Axe (Garden & Outdoors)This costs a little more than most but it offers a useful middle ground between the rather small hatchets which can be of limited use and the much larger felling axes & mauls which are too large for detailed work.
Beautifully made with a 2.5 lb drop forged head that is about a lb or so heavier than a hatchet and so offers greater ability for cleaving but is not so heavy that it is difficult to use for more detailed work.
The hickory handle is also slightly longer and puts this firmly in the middle ground for size but again gives enough swing for heavier work but also allows for closer & more careful tasks. It is not too thin so can be held firmly and the curve allows for a good and accurate swing if needed. The use of wood for handles may seem outdated but the new carbon fibre ones can shatter more easily if you mis-time a blow. The rubber grips nearly always end up sliding down the handle too.
The head is pretty sharp and on larger logs with a good grain or softer wood it splits them well.
For larger logs or rounds you may want to consider using a splitter, (I hate them as they always get stuck-so make sure you buy two so you can release one if necessary), or my preferred choice a maul. Make sure it's the heaviest you can use comfortably & safely and the work will be so much easier.
So for ordinary logs and for making kindling or felling smaller trees etc this is an excellent product that is very well made and should give years of service.
A few points to bear in mind are that if chopping logs, place them on a flat wooden surface. You're bound to miss with the odd swipe and you'll end up chipping the blade. It will save your back if the log is elevated a foot or so from the ground. Always use gloves and goggles or safety glasses. It only takes one splinter to find your eye. Gloves allow for a better grip and what could be a potentially severe cut is usually reduced to just bruising.
Sorry to sound like your mother nagging on but I would also recommend ear defenders or foam plugs,(my favourite), as continual whacking away can leave your ears ringing for some time and long term can damage hearing.
A great product recommended happily.