Splitting hammer or splitting ax?

In particular, owners of wood-burning stoves or chimney stoves will sooner or later be concerned with the question of whether they should use a splitting ax or a splitting hammer. You can read below where the differences lie and under what circumstances a splitting hammer or splitting ax is recommended.

Ax, splitting ax and splitting hammer

For many people, the question "splitting ax or splitting hammer" should go hand in hand with an even more urgent question when they are standing in front of the corresponding shelf in the hardware store: what is the difference between ax and splitting ax, splitting ax and splitting hammer, because in fact it is differentiated as follows:

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  • Ax or universal ax
  • Splitting ax
  • Splitting hammer

Universal ax and splitting ax

The difference between a conventional and a splitting ax is still understandable for many when they stand in front of the corresponding products in the hardware store. The splitting ax has a much more massive head and the blade also diverges more like a splitting wedge.

The difference between a splitting ax and a splitting hammer

But when a distinction is to be made between a splitting ax and a splitting hammer, things get a little trickier. Because the differences between the two splitting tools are marginal. In principle, a splitting ax can have the same blade or ax head as a splitting hammer. And with the length of the handle of a splitting ax, a splitting hammer can also be called a splitting hammer. The difference can be explained as follows.

The head of the splitting hammer can be heavier than that of a splitting ax. The handle can also be considerably longer than that of a splitting ax. Now a splitting hammer can be called a splitting hammer if only the head is heavier or only the handle is longer. The splitting hammer should definitely have one of the two characteristics. But if it is clearly a splitting ax that is presented as a splitting hammer, the product probably comes from a distant country and something went wrong with the translation, or the person who was supposed to describe the tool did not know the difference.

But what is the specific difference in use??

There are certainly reasons to choose either a splitting ax or a splitting hammer. A splitting hammer that is correctly constructed all around has a significantly longer handle (that of the splitting ax is usually limited to a maximum of 70 cm) and a heavier head. In addition, the surface opposite the blade should definitely be flat like a hammer.

Splitting wedges for the splitting hammer

The splitting ax is more suitable when the space is rather poor. In addition, less dense wood can be split very well with a splitting ax. The splitting hammer, on the other hand, develops considerably more force due to the longer handle and larger head.

It is therefore suitable for dense, hard wood, wet wood or even trunk wood that has not yet been split. Therefore, the most important accessories of a splitting hammer should also include splitting wedges, which can be comfortably driven into the wood with the other side of the head in the case of very stubborn wood.

Tips & Tricks Regardless of whether it is a splitting hammer or a splitting ax - each of the two blades becomes blunt with intensive use. You can read in detail here how to sharpen the blade of a splitting ax or splitting hammer.