Estwing E3-FF4 4-Pound “Fireside Friend” Wood Splitting Axe/Maul with Shock Reduction Grip

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Estwing’s Camper’s Axe is forged in one piece steel with exclusive Shock Reduction Grip

This 14 in., 4 lb. splitting tool, is no doubt a Fireside Friend. This Estwing solid steel tool is forged in 1-piece and has an attractive blue UV coating. This tool is ideal for splitting logs along its grain. The shock reduction, vinyl grip provides comfort and the handle length and weight of the tool provides leverage and power for easy wood splitting.

You get two tools in one, a maul which then wedges out to a sharp axe. Protect your eyes from flying particles and dust. Always wear safety goggles. Bystanders shall also wear safety goggles.

Estwing fireside friend splitting tool

  • Designed for splitting wood
  • 1-piece forged head and handle
  • Double-tempered head for added strength
  • Handle is fully forged and painted
  • Molded and bonded nylon-vinyl shock reduction grip reduces shock up to 70%
  • Balanced hammer design for comfort and control
  • Made in USA

Customer Reviews

Great little maul for kindling making from logs

 on November 5, 2017
By Ryan
See my picture I’ve uploaded.

This baby is awesome

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 21, 2014
By marla a. sharp
A superb tool for when you don’t need a full size splitting maul but want something beefier than a hand hatchet. Makes kindling like a charm. My dad is always borrowing this from me, obviously, lol, I need to get him one! I really like how I can use it–a full sized maul is way too much for my size–without feeling crazy for trying to lift it. This baby is built to last, we’ve even used the hammering side for rocks. Well worth purchasing, this is a keeper.

I use it to split kindling and it’s the perfect tool for the job

10 people found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2015
By Nicholas Hutchings
I’ve had this for 3 months. I use it to split kindling and it’s the perfect tool for the job! It’s of the highest quality, and I recommend it to anyone who needs to split a lot of kindling. Hatchets are too narrow and light, and they end up getting stuck every time. Mauls are great for chopping larger logs, but require two hands, and are too heavy for splitting smaller pieces precisely with one hand. This falls perfectly between the two in weight and width, and its solid construction means it will last for decades without ever having to replace the handle.

Perfect tool to fuel a cooking fire!

 on February 5, 2016
By Dale
I use this maul to split wood for cooking fires after I have cut the wood to size with a bowsaw. It makes very quick work of 5″-8″ logs and you are left with pieces that are easy to burn.

Good Tool – Mine Came with a Sheath

One person found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2016
By C. Latour
I was happily surprised when my Estwing Fireside Friend showed up with a well made nylon/canvas sheath. Reading the reviews I didn’t expect a sheath. I used it today to split 4-5 large pieces from my wood pile into several pieces of kindling/medium burning wood. It handles well (if a bit on the heavy side) and quickly created a mound of good wood to burn. I wouldn’t want to try splitting a large amount of wood but it certainly serves it’s purpose well – breaking down splits into usable kindling. Thank you Estwing for a quality tool and putting a sheath on it finally. I won’t be going camping or to the cabin without it.

This thing was perfect and I nicknamed it "4lbs of Awesome"

 on September 18, 2016
By JustBill
I’ve been looking for a handheld wood splitter that can also double as a hammer. This thing was perfect and I nicknamed it “4lbs of Awesome”. It came with a very nice sheath for the axe side so when using as a hammer to pound in tent stakes this thing was perfect. It split bigger pieces of cured firewood like it was butter. Even my out of shape self could do it on one swing. My camping buddies saw this and they are determined they are going to get one. If you have a backyard fire area or need something to have for you camping site to split bigger pieces of wood you can’t go wrong. I’ve even used it to split a few logs down to size when using it as the wedge with another hammer. Just perfect for my use cases.

Great small wood splitter

 on March 16, 2017
By Tim
It’s not magically going to split hard, knotty wood for you in one swing. But it’s a vast improvement over a hatchet and being able to hammer it through with a small slegehammer really helps a lot. It’s built like a tank and comes with a nice sheath too. Highly recommended!

Great for campfires

 on October 11, 2017
By James C. Frinier
In my experience, Estwing makes nice axes. I have a few, including this one, a couple of the hatchets, and the bigger camping axe.

It is great at splitting firewood but with its weight you get …

One person found this helpful.
 on May 10, 2016
By David W Farnam
I’ve been a fan of Estwing tools for some time. Compared to what is carried at Walmart or Lowes, this tool trumps them all in quality. It is great at splitting firewood but with its weight you get tired fairly quickly using it one handed. With two hands it is very easy to split accurately and most times with one whack. I may get the longer handled version but for now this is great. Spilts way easier than with an axe that I had been using.

It works

 on July 9, 2017
By Michael
Works. It comes very dull, and I don’t really have an axe sharpener. Maybe axes aren’t supposed to be sharp like knives. In the end, 5 stars, it works well for chopping up small firewood.