Condor Tool German Splitting Axe
Founded in 1787 in Solingen, Germany the Condor Tool & Knife Company are legendary sword makers and have a long heritage in creating superior steel products. Some of the companies manufacturing has since been relocated some to Santa Ana, El Salvadore (including this axe) but Condor has maintained a good reputation with their current products.
It’s a stretch to call this German splitting axe a maul, due to its lightweight cutting head, but its unique features make it an interesting option and one that might work well for folks that do occasional work on softer wood splitting and could benefit from the reduction in weight.
The head on this Condor German splitting axe is 7 in. overall with a 3.5 inch and is made from 1045 high carbon forged steel with minimal finishing. The head is heat treated and annealed to a 45-50 Rockwell hardness.
It weighs just 4.5 pounds which seems featherweight in comparison to the other axes in this class and what makes it really unique is the German style design.
On each cheek of the head is a polished and raised flare that transitions from the cutting edge into a narrow ridge for spreading the cut during penetration. This reduced cheek contact area helps drive penetration into the cut and reduces sticking significantly.
Often, axemen take their splitting maul to the grindstone to narrow the profile of their tools in order to increase penetration performance and reduce sticking, The Condor GS splitting axe is a nice compromise between the narrow penetrating profile of a felling axe and the fat wedge of a typical splitting maul.
To get the swing started, the Condor uses a 34 inch American Hickory handle for strength but instead of the usual round or oval profile of a splitting maul handle it instead uses a flatter profile with a compound curve, much like a typical felling axe. Also included is a simple but adequate riveted leather sheath with single-strap closure.
It might not be fair to compare the Condor German style splitting axe with other mauls since it falls somewhere in between a maul and felling axe, but its performance is admirable at the task and the lightweight quality makes this a breeze to swing all day. The narrow head improves penetration and reduces bounce and for most wood types this is great little German splitting axe. The Condor company is well respected and the price is a very reasonable making this a a serious contender.
For reviews of other quality splitting mauls see the Splitting Maul Guide.
Length: 34 inch
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Handle: American Hickory
Edge: 3.25 in
Steel: 1045 high carbon forged
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