A splitting maul is a wonderful tool for splitting fire wood, posts, rails, etc. Most log splitters will only split very short logs, are very slow, burn a lot of petroleum, make a lot of racket, pollute your lungs, and break the bank. A splitting maul is versatile, as fast as you want it to be, great exercise, allows you the excuse to get some fresh air, and can be had used for a dollar or three without a handle.
This article explains what a maul is and is not. Note the photo showing a good edge angle for a maul.
maul vs. axe
This maul had never been sharpened, and the edge was rather uneven when I started on it. So I started with the grinder to try to even out the edge a bit...I was somewhat successful. Following that I went at it for a LONG time with a file - probably about 2 hours all together (and the top edge still needs a bit of work). It does look and feel much sharper now though.
Since I was sharpening some of my other tools I decided to go ahead and get my splitting maul sharpened. I've had it for about 5 years, and though I haven't chopped to much wood until this last year I figured its time to get it ready for this year!
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