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How to prevent the risk of accidents relating to metal splinters when splitting logs for firewood ?

How to prevent the risk of accidents relating to metal splinters when splitting logs for firewood?

Splitting firewood, an increasingly common activity

Nowadays more and more house holders are splitting wood for firewood, they are not always aware of the instructions of use and maintenance of their tools, or of the care needed for removing edging.

How is a metal splinter formed?

Although it is the result of normal wear and tear of tools caused by successive strikes of one steel striking face on another surface of the same type, for example when a maul strikes a wedge, metal  edging can become dangerous for the user when it causes projections of metal splinters.

As soon as edging first appears, it must be removed with a grinder. However this is a tricky job because the metal must not be overheated otherwise it may damage the heat treatment which strengthens the steel.

How to remove the risk from edging, which causes metal projections ?

The splitting maul is an essential tool both for the professional woodcutter and for anyone intending to split wood of any size.


Using its cutting edge may be sufficient when splitting softwood logs, but it is sometimes necessary to turn the maul over and use the striking surface to hit on a wedge for knotty or hardwood logs.

It must be noted that the better the quality of the splitting maul, the lower the risk of edging and projection of splinters.

How to avoid the risk of metal splinters completely?

Use the Securi-T splitting maul with its antisplinter striking face

Thanks to its polymer anti-splinter striking face, the Leborgne Securi-T  maul is sure to split logs without the risk of metal projections. Made of plastic, the particular feature of this cap is that it endures strikes without causing projections. Avaiable as a spare part, the polymer striking surface can be replaced very easily by simply using a club hammer and a chisel.

Further advantages of the anti-splinter polymer striking surface : it will reduce vibrations and is no-maintenance.


The Securi-T maul is also fitted with a triple material Novamax handle invented by Leborgne which gives both good breaking resistance, thanks to its fibreglass core and comfortable handling thanks to its’ elastomer grip.

Or the Securi-T splitting wedge

You can also keep your traditional splitting maul, which is, of course,  well-made, and combine its’ strength with the Leborgne Securi-T splitting wedge which has the same polymer striking surface and so the same anti-splinter characteristics as the maul.

Additional advantages of the Securi-T splitting wedge : the spiral shape of the Leborgne Securi-T splitting wedge favours wood-splitting by rotation.  Furthermore the surface of the wedge in contact with the wood is smaller, to reduce friction and stops the wedge from resurfacing under the pressure exerted by the wood. So the wedge progresses through the wood with each strike.

The straight leading edge of the Leborgne Securi-T wedge allows the user to choose the direction of the split. This first split, which determines the size of the pieces of wood, guarantees  a tailor-made result.

If you use the Securi-T wedge there is no need to maintain your wedge (which is not the case with a classic wedge).


Lastly, the polymer striking surface attentuates vibrations when striking and therefore reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. (MSD)


Where can I find the Leborgne Securi-T splitting maul ?


Where can I find the Leborgne Securi-T wedge ?

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