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Why Leveraxe

Advantages of VIPUKIRVES™ Leveraxe


New Vipukirves Leveraxe 2

Why did we develop the new version

Vipukirves 2

Vipukirves 2

– Innovative and efficient design.
– Lighter and faster.
– Very hard stainless steel.
– Latest methods in manufacturing.

Heikki Vipukirves – Leveraxe was born almost 10 years ago. In those days the only method to manufacture it was the precision casting. Vipukirves – Leveraxe is handwork from the beginning till the end and the manufacturing method is rather complicated and very long.

Vipukirves – Leveraxe got immediately very much attention and so the sales started nicely and has increased every year. We have got a lot of positive feedback from all over the world and people were asking if we could create a lighter version of our axe.

Because of the huge publicity we have got this year in all media, the demand of the axes has become enormous and the reputation of Vipukirves – Leveraxe is growing all the time.

I created the second model, Vipukirves – Leveraxe 2, which has all the same features as the first version. It is manufactured with the totally new method from the very hard stainless steel. With laser cutting we got very sharp forms and the result is in technical point of view exactly like in the first model and all parts fit together precisely.

All the safety elements work well also in the new model. Vipukirves – Leveraxe 2 is lighter to use and even not so strong person can use it easily for chopping the wood. Vipukirves – Leveraxe 2 is as powerful as in the first version. This is caused by the fact that with this lighter model the axe gets faster speed and therefore power is getting stronger.

The new model does not need any maintenance. It is also made in Finland. Both models are having world wide patents.

”Strike and loosen!” – Heikki, the inventor
Heikki Karna

Leveraxe in action

Video with Heikki chopping firewood with VIPUKIRVES™ Leveraxe watched by more than 4 million people.
VIPUKIRVES™ Leveraxe in slow motion.


Heikki Karna - the inventor of the Leveraxe

Heikki Karna – the inventor of the Leveraxe

Heikki Kärnä – the inventor

Inventor Heikki Kärnä, former air conroller, developed Vipukirves Leveraxe in his pension days when he was bulldozing woods and stones from his plot in Sipoo, Finland.
Kärnä has seen and experienced a lot when he was living and working in Saudi-Arabia, Malaysia and in Qatar. The mind of an inventor is permanently looking for problems to solve and therefore Kärnä invents things everywhere where he goes. One of them was a gas heater for sauna in Malaysia.
Energetic and strong minded Kärnä has been fighting his invention through the setbacks with the support of his family. After many experiments and long development work he made the whole world to know Vipukirves Leveraxe.
After the first Vipukirves Leveraxe Kärnä invented the second one, again totally a new axe invention, Vipukirves Leveraxe 2.
Now Kärnä and Vipukirves Heikki Oy are selling axes all over the world. In internet millions of people are following Kärnä chopping woods in his self-made videos. Inventor´s big dream to develope the oldest tool in mankind has finally become true.


History of VIPUKIRVES™ Leveraxe

History of Leveraxe

History of Leveraxe

Chopping firewood with traditional axes is often a laborious and even dangerous task. There is always the risk of hitting your own leg with the axe. From this imperfect situation began the pursuit to develop a better axe.

It took several years, thinking and testing different exotic methods of chopping wood that were available for purchase at the time, before the idea was born. The traditional axe uses a wedge-shaped head to split the wood, but could this mechanism be improved by using leverage? From this idea the new axe was born, the Leveraxe.


How to take full advantage of using Leveraxe

With Leveraxe you can hit near the edge of the log

With the traditional axe you are almost always required to strike near the middle of the log. Hitting closer to the edge would be dangerous because it is too easy to miss the log or the axe will bounce wildly from a non-centred strike. In both situations the results can be dangerous. Unfortunately, as we all know, splitting a whole log when hit in the centre is the most challenging task. When you have been able to split it in two, the rest will go much more easily.
With Leveraxe you won’t need to take the whole log head on by striking in the middle. Instead, you can easily and safely start splitting suitably sized logs from the sides by striking closer to edges. No more needing the futile first heavy strikes just to get the log split in two.


Chopping block with a tire

Chopping block with a tire


Build a chopping block with a log-holding tire

When splitting wood with the Leveraxe, it is highly recommended to build a chopping block with a log-holding tire set on top. It allows for dramatically increased speed and better ergonomics. It holds the logs together allowing for faster chopping. They won’t fall to ground. They are easy to move to transport or store at one move. For smaller woods, you can insert several into the tire at one time and make for a very efficient batch process.
With a traditional axe using the tire on top the chop would be awkward and dangerous. It does not stop on top of the log and therefore either the handle can hit back on your hands or even break when hitting other logs or the tire.


Frequently asked questions

Question 1: Can VIPUKIRVES™ be used by a not so strong person?
Question 2: What is the function of the axe’s special design?
Question 3: Can I use VIPUKIRVES™ like a regular axe?
Question 4: Why does VIPUKIRVES™ have a wooden handle?
Question 5: Why is the handle so long?
Question 6: Will the blade stay attached to the handle if it dries out?
Question 7: Is the axe suitable for left handed people?
Question 8: Does the axe concentrate a lot of strain on the wrists by constantly levering to the side? Does is strain the arms as much as a traditional axe?
Question 9: Can it cut a branchy spruce or do I have to use a maul and a sledgehammer? How about a cross-branched spruce that doesn’t split when hit in a wrong place?
Question 10: How about large logs? I have a 120 cm (4 feet) poplar waiting to be chopped. Will VIPUKIRVES™ work on that? I also have a big spruce that is rotten on the inside and only the outside is not destroyed.
Question 11: Do I always need to put a car tire around the chopping block?
Question 12: I only have 10 cm (4 inches) wide trees. How do I split them?
Question 13: How often do I need to sharpen the blade?
Question 14: Will the blade rust in the rain?
Question 15: Pretty colorful device. Is it meant to scare rabbits away?


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