What Is The Best Length Axe For Splitting Wood?
If you're reading this, you probably want to know what the best length axe is for splitting wood.
The best length axe for splitting wood is 24" to 36" with 36" inches being the optimal length for a splitting axe.
Most people tend to gravitate towards a splitting axe with a longer handle as it provides more leverage and increased safety.
Now, there are a number of factors that decide optimum length, but as a rule, this is the length I look for in a wood splitting axe. What are some of the factors that determine what length axe you need? They are:
- Height of the person swinging the axe
- Type of wood you're splitting
- Required precision
As I mentioned, you'll experience more leverage and wood splitting power with an axe that has a longer handle. However, in many cases, the longer the handle is on an axe, the less precise you are when splitting. If precision is needed, such as for kindling, then I would recommend a shorter handle axe such as 27 inches.
With that said, here's a look at some of my favorite wood splitting axes. Consider your needs and find the best length axe handle for your specific situation.
The 3 Best Log Splitting Axes (Product Reviews)
1. Fiskars X27 Super Log Splitting Axe (Top Pick)
I’m starting off this “best of” list with my top pick as the best log splitting axe.
The reason I chose the Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe is because this is the first wood splitting axe that I ever purchased, and it continues to treat me right, year after year.
Fiskar makes the best axe for splitting wood because their axes stay sharp and are virtually unbreakable.
This, in combination with the axe head being sharpened by Fiskars proprietary grinding technique makes for a very durable wood splitting axe that will stay sharp longer and last virtually forever.
The reason I bought the Fiskar x27 as my axe for splitting firewood had a lot to do with the first time I picked it up.
Fiskar has perfected the weight distribution of the axe which results in an increase power to weight ratio which delivers power exactly where you need it. It is for these reasons that the Fiskar is the best axe for splitting wood.
This beast of a log splitting axe is designed for splitting bigger logs that a shorter, lighter axe might not be able to handle quite as quickly or as easily.
The 30 inch long hickory handle provides lots of leverage for delivering power when needed. But don’t be fooled, wooden handles are unforgiving if you were to miss while splitting wood.
Forged in Sweden, the Husqvarna axes are made with high quality Swedish axe steel, and are designed to last a very, very long time with the proper maintenance.
3. Helko Spaltaxt German Log Splitting Axe
The Helko Spaltaxt log splitting axe is the creme-de-la-creme when it comes to wood splitting axes. But is it the best axe for splitting wood? Yes. These wondrous tools are hand made and you can tell when you hold one of these axes in your own hand.
These wood splitting axes are the right axe for most splitting jobs and can handle small and medium size logs.
The Helko Spaltaxt axe heads are made from high grade German C50 carbon steel in Wuppertal, Germany.
The Helko axe heads are open face drop forged, heat treated and oil hardened. There’s no mistaking who made this quality German tool, as the Helko crown is hammered into the cheek of the carbon steel head.
The handles are made in Switzerland out of grade A American hickory. Each piece of hickory is selected for strength, density and wood grain. The axe handles are sanded smooth with 150 grit sandpaper and finished with boiled linseed oil.
When you invest in a Helko Spaltaxt wood splitting axe, you also receive a vegetable tanned leather sheath and a small bottle of Axe-Guard. If money isn’t a major factor, then the Helko Spaltaxt is without question the best wood splitting axe.
Axe Safety And Tips For Using The Best Axe For Splitting Wood
For many of us, splitting logs into firewood is a very important annual chore that we must complete. And if you’ve spent much time at all around those who are experienced at splitting wood, you’ve no doubt heard horror stories of accidents involving axes, splitting firewood, and feet.
Before we use our axe for splitting wood, take a moment to familiarize yourself with proper axe safety. Know these things!
How To Handle A Log Splitting Axe
Knowing how to safely handle and axe may sound silly, but it’s a very important skill to know. Accidents happen…and by adhering to a few safety rules, we can prevent needless injuries.
When I was a kid, I remember watching the movie version of “Where The Red Fern Grows.” There was one scene in that movie that has stuck with me to this day, over 30 years later. You might already know what scene I’m about to describe…
There’s a scene where a boy is running with an axe, trips, and falls onto the axe head. Needless to say, the boy doesn’t survive. Because of that one scene in a movie over 30 years ago, I’ve never run with an axe in my hand. Don’t run with an axe…ever.
Walk With An Axe. Don’t Run.
While walking with an axe, hold it keeping the sharp edge pointing down and away from you. Don’t throw the axe over your shoulder. Sheathe your axe and grip it on the handle just under the axe head. If you are to ever trip or fall, you can easily throw the axe away from your body.
How To Hand A Log Splitting Axe To Someone
Knowing how to hand an axe to someone the right way might seem like another ridiculous safety tip, but it’s worth at least touching on. If you take proper care of your axe, then it will be sharp and easily cause injury if dropped on someones foot or leg.
When handing an axe to someone, hold the axe by the handle with the axe head dangling towards the ground. If possible, make sure the blade of the axe head is pointed off to the side. Make sure the person you’re handing the axe to has a firm grip on the axe handle before letting go.
Every log splitting axe that we’ve reviewed in this post would make an excellent selection. But our top pick is the Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the ergonomic feel to this axe. The lightweight construction will keep you in the wood splitting game for a long time before needing to take a break.