An opportunity to put the axe Silky Ono against pig trotters presented itself recently when a pacific islander friend Sa wanted to cook a traditional dish. Typically, the butcher would use a band saw like machine to saw the pig trotters into smaller pieces. Sa told me he got the trotters cheap but they came in large pieces. Told him he can use my axe for the job. The axe has not seen much usage since I got it anyway.
I brought the Silky Ono over to Sa. He let out a sigh when he saw the axe…what he describe as a ‘toy’. I told him to give it a go and any damage to the axe is solely my responsibility. Sa was expecting a traditional wood handle kindling sort of axe, not something wrapped in rubber and nylon sheath.
The execution board was set up. We placed a cardboard over a thick block of chopping wood on the floor. The Silky Ono axe is relatively light, hence we are expecting to put considerable force on it to get the job done. The edge on the axe is factory edge, used sparingly on gardening tasks and that one hunting trip by friend Callum.
There is a strange feeling using the Silky Ono axe to chop the pig trotters. The axe is light and the lack of forward weight makes chopping a bit of a challenge. The pig trotter is filled with bones, thick skin and sinews. It took us a few good strikes before being able to have the first piece into half. We worked through the rest of the trotters with more force. Sa was getting the hang of it. He was able to chop through the last piece of trotter with a single blow.
It did not take us long to chop up the 20 odd pieces of pig trotters using the Silky Ono axe. It did however take a lot of force to complete the task. Sa was pleased his lot of pig trotters are now ready for the pot but is complaining about the hardwork he had to put in. I took a close look at the factory edge and surprisingly it does not show any signs of edge damage.
The Silky Ono against pig trotters pointed out a few setbacks on the part of the axe. Most obvious is the lack of forward weight. This made swinging and chopping hard, especially on something as tough as the pig trotter. Without this ability, the axe is kinda useless for many uses except for perhaps cutting off small limbs off trees. I am wondering now why I bothered buying this Silky Ono axe in the first place.