The 10 Best Log Splitter Wedges

video play icon

This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Humans have been breaking down wood since we first harnessed fire. While the tools to do this have changed somewhat over time, the concept itself is rooted in simple physics, and to this day, wedges are still a preferred means of splitting overly large logs into multiple pieces. Following are the best-engineered, easiest-to-use, and most-economical modern models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Halder Simplex

2. Estwing Sure Split

3. Helko Werk Handforged

Editor's Notes

November 18, 2018:

You might think that a wedge is a wedge is a wedge, but there are subtle and important additions that make some of these really great for splitting logs. If you appreciate the task's therapeutic nature and want one tool that will likely last forever, it's hard to go wrong with the Halder — it will never fail you, as long as you can hit it on the head repeatedly. If you're mostly concerned with making kindling for the fireplace or a campfire, the Inertia is an easy (and safe!) way to do so. Slightly mobility-challenged individuals ought to consider the Logosol, because while it's not terribly durable, it gets the job done with minimal physical exertion on your part. Of course, so do screw-lke Cone Drivers, but you'll generally need an extended handle on your ratchet, or an actual impact hammer for max effectiveness. But if you really want to look good and do proper justice to the lumberjacks of antiquity, we have to recommend the Helko Werk. It's a more beautiful and finely crafted splitter wedge than most people have ever seen.

4. Sylvan Arms Cone Driver

5. Inertia Cast-Iron

6. Ludell High-Grade

7. Hults Bruk

8. Muller Twisted

9. Collins Diamond

10. Logosol Smart

Christopher Thomas
Last updated by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For more information on our rankings, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.