The Beaver Lever Kindling Cutter is a powerful kindling cutting tool.
The video and information on this page will show you how to use The Beaver Lever Kindling Cutter properly and how powerful this simple tool can be.
Remember to read this important safety information before you get started!
How To Use the Beaver Lever
- Read safety instructions by clicking here!
- Lock the uprights in a vertical position by tightening the cast iron handle. (Snug, but does not have to be extremely tight.)
- Choose an appropriate piece of wood from which to split kindling pieces. (see photos below!)
- Place wood adjacent to the uprights.
- Place the knife in the slot between the uprights, ensuring the dowel is seated properly in the notch immediately above the piece of wood.
- With hands away from the wood, the uprights and the cutting edge of knife, apply downward pressure on the end of the handle.
- After making the cut, support the wood with one hand (or with foot if you prefer to operate Beaver Lever while standing), lift up on the end of the knife handle, allowing the knife to pivot in the wood and the dowel end of the knife to slide down to next appropriate notch.
- Ensure dowel is again seated properly in a lower notch and repeat sequence until the piece of kindling breaks away.
For Best Results
- Use straight grained softwood with relatively few or no knots.
- Keep the wood as close to the uprights (and pivot point) as possible; the power decreases substantially as you move away from the pivot point.
- Do not attempt to split pieces that are too thick or deep.
- Only attempt to split pieces that require a reasonable amount of force.
- Not all wood is suitable to be split as kindling.
- Reduce the size of cut until you are able to make the split. This will help you to gauge both the abilities and limitations of the tool.
- With practice, kindling may also be obtained from hardwood.
- Click here for more tips.