That was the goal but it broke about halfway in. I taped it up as if you were taping an ankle for sports and it worked pretty well. I could no longer split with it as that was shearing off the tape as well as once I got deeper into the notches it would pull the tape back and the whole thing would be floppy. From then on I was splitting with my Fiskars splitting axe. I then picked up an axe from an antique shop and went back and forth between the taped Fiskars and that. I like the Fiskars. Lotta vibration and I'm not overly sensitive to that sort of thing. The vintage axe is just too light and thin.