I worked for Phil Teeter in the Mountain Shop in the '70s and whatever Chouinard said was gold-plated. Phil always liked to have a fire going in the wood stove in the back so he ordered a few of the wood splitters for the shop. They were different from anything you can imagine. Instead of an axe or hatchet style form, think of a mini hoe with a sharp edge and rails on the side. It was a fireside kindling splitter so it about the size of a small hatchet.
The damn thing didn't work at all. It didn't have enough weight to really carry through the wood and even when it did start a good split, it bottomed out and couldn't completely split the log.
It worked about as well as the Chouinard ClimbAxe.
(This post was edited by maldaly on Oct 7, 2012, 11:32 PM)
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