A recent fire service social media discussion focused I the use of a axe as a wedge tool.
The following was posted on October 4th.
The shape of your axe is very important to its usability as a wedge. Here are just a few points to consider.
1. It's width at the flat end determines just how much of a gap you end up with. It also determines the nature of your striking service. Many people place the axe as a wedge and then drive the wedge with the halligan to improve their gap.
2. The length if the axe head as measured from flat end to blade curve determines the taper of your wedge. A fat wedge is harder to drive and displaces more mass than a long thin wedge.
3. Thickness at the blade. The geometry of true axes make better wedges than a maule. The thicker blade is harder to establish a purchase and it's thicker profile is more difficult to drive
4. The geometry of your blade is important. A flat blade offers you a limited number of angles to approach your wedge where a curved blade is more versatile.
5. Handle choice. A traditional handle is usually backwards for forcible entry applications. This is one reason why the PIG is gaining popularity. A straight stick style handle is better suited for this work.
Agree, disagree, let's hear it..