The VIPUKIRVES Axe ($260) may be the best fire wood splitting axe on the planet. The VIPUKIRVES was developed over a period of fifteen years and is manufactured in Finland. The key is the use of leverage so that each strike forces the wood to break away. Each component of the axes is made to the highest standards. The birchwood handle is made at a Finnish workshop and the blade is precision-cast. Here’s a video that shows the speed at which a large diameter block of wood can be split.