I use an axe to split wood. As do, honestly, most people. It's (partially) what the general use axes that are most common are designed for. I' do , however, only use them for smaller chunks of well seasoned wood, and use a Wed for anything gnarly, big or particularly dense. I also tend to keep the thing nice and sharp, and regrind theedge with that use in mind. It's lighter and faster and frankly friendlier for 90% of my splitting.