I bought this axe to replace a large splitting axe which I had had for over 30 years and did not think anything could come close to the effectiveness of my old axe. How wrong i was! From the very first swing I knew this was a great piece of kit and, a week on, I am steadily processing several lorry loads of freshly cut oak rings. It is lighter than my previous axe but, because of the ingenious design, even more effective in splitting logs, even those full of knots. If you want a splitting axe, look no further.