The axe has long been an essential item for forestry workers and fireplace-owners, and now it is becoming increasingly important as a piece of sports equipment. What started as a basic tool has over recent years become one of the most exciting pieces of sports equipment of the present. Competitions such as the Stihl Timbersports® Series, which has been taking place in the USA since 1985, are doing more and more to boost the popularity of this original tool. In looks, the sports versions still resemble their ancestors, but also differ from them in the cut and various other fine details. In the following, we tell you a little more about how it developed from a tool to a piece of sports equipment.