Spawning from a discussion here on BCUSA @Birdman and I are starting a new challenge for the edge tool users here on BCUSA. We will be doing a comparison between two tool options that we each enjoy and we both thought it would be great to get other members involved too. The objective is to see which tool(s) can process wood the fastest. If we can get other members to participate we will have a resource for comparing different edge tool options for new members, or members considering a different option. This also can serve as an excuse to get outside and put those blades to use. And finally, so long as everyone who participates shows good sportsmanship it is an opportunity for some comradery and maybe even some bragging rights. At the end of the day it beats the paints off a table top review, right? So for anyone who would like to participate post up what you would like to enter into a challenge. You can specify tool(s) you would like to compete against or just see who chimes in to accept the challenge. Challenges require a minimum of two members, and at the moment I see no reason to restrict the number of people able to participate. The rules below should be followed, noting that some of the specifics are left up the participants of the particular challenge to determine. 1. The same or similar wood type and size must be used and agreed upon by participants. 2. Wood must be cut, chopped or bucked into three sections. All three sections must be processed into three different diameters. Number of splits or diameter of finished material to be agreed upon by participants. 3. Same or similar weight for tool(s) to keep the playing field somewhat level with weights documented. Sheaths must be included in weights. 4. Time to complete must be documented using either uncut video or a stopwatch using and honor system. 5. Tools found or made from common natural materials are allowed. For example, a stick can be used as a baton. Wedges or mallets or other tools used within the challenge are allowed. Time to produce the tools used in the challenge must count towards the time to complete the entire task. So, if using a wedge, it must be carved with the stopwatch or video rolling. 6. A log may be used as a chopping block, but flat stumps and readymade chopping blocks are not allowed. This is to level the playing field since nice flat uniform surfaces are rarely available in the field.