By choosing our product you chose the best, because VIPUKIRVES is designed and manufactured in Finland - it is the result of high-quality Finnish work. It is a precision tool for splitting firewood and the outcome of many years of personal experimentation and testing.
Work safety, efficiency and user comfort when working have been my guiding principles when developing the VIPUKIRVES - absolutely without any compromise regarding quality. When I began to further develop the axe, a tool which is among the oldest used by mankind, I encountered many as yet unresolved problems. Nevertheless, I wanted to produce a tool which would be easy and safe to use and one which would function in all kinds of situations without an external source of energy. In other words, ?a tool for all conditions? and with due consideration for preserving our beautiful environment.
After over fifteen years of tough planning and experimentation, I arrived at the concept of using leverage in the splitting of firewood. After making numerous test pieces, I found the right technique, dimensions and shapes, as well as the right manufacturers for my invention. For example, the birchwood handle is made at a Finnish workshop specialising in turning.
The blade, which is the pivotal part of the VIPUKIRVES, is a precision-cast product made at Sacotec Components Oy in Riihimäki, southern Finland. The Blade is painted by Lainisalo Oy, Helsinki.
PRECISION CASTING is an age-old method. At first, this process was used mainly in making art and ornamental objects. In the turbulent Middle Ages, the applications for cast parts became more mundane and this manufacturing process has been described in the making and repairing of weapons, for example.
Over the centuries, various metals ranging from gold to bronze have been used in precision casting. During the first half of the past century, the needs of industry, e.g. those of the aircraft industry, expanded to include new materials. Precision casting enabled ?ready cast? and this hastened the introduction of these materials. Modern metal industry uses precision-cast components in numerous applications, e.g. in mechanical engineering, tool and device manufacturing, automobile industry, and process industry. The materials used are usually abundantly alloyed steels, including stainless and super alloys. Even the ends of many golf clubs are precision cast. The freedom of design and ready cast, combined with an almost unlimited range of materials, are further promoting the strengths of precision casting. The freedom of the design means that there are no obstacles to optimizing the product from the user's point of view and - ready cast - enables choosing the best raw material and benefiting from its properties.
Have fun making firewood - strike and loosen!
The VIPUKIRVES-man, Heikki Kärnä