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★ ★ ★ ★ ★Just the job
I bought this tool for my Forest School work intending to use it for splitting wood (to make mallets, for example) and for making kindling. In other words, for jobs where you might otherwise use a small hatchet. It's perfect for this sort of work and helps to meet a principle I find useful when using tools with children, "where a job might be accomplished by more than one tool, tend toward the least exciting one"!
My riving iron did arrive with some flats on the blade which I worked off with a coarse whetstone during sharpening, which was straightforward. As for whether you prefer to have the edge taken off or sharp, that's up to you. I prefer that edge tools are sharp, effective and predictable in use.