Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I started splitting wood a year ago when my parents bought me a firepit. I keep running into a problem when I am splitting: my handle keeps getting chewed up (the first inch and a half under the head). Some of this was my fault because I kept overswinging when I was first splitting. However, I've noticed that it happens sometimes when the axe head is buried pretty far in the wood, the wood hasn't split, and shards (for lack of a better term) are sticking into the handle. Am I hitting the wood too far in the middle? Any other ideas? I've taken to forming a collar of sorts using one-inch pneumatic hose and electrical tape. It's not pretty, but it has borne the brunt of a few swings that may have destroyed the handle entirely. P.S. Go easy on me. I'm a newbie at this.