I'm currently using a hand-me-down 6lb maul, and it works alright. I love the reviews of the x27, and have used their hatchets to fabulous effect before, HOWEVER... 95% of the positive review come from people using it on hardwoods. I however am stuck with aspen as my only available hardwood (and is only occasional) and ponderosa pine as my go to wood. I've used my regular (non-fiskars) hatchet in emergencies, and it has a tendency to simply bury itself 4" deep in the pine with minimal splitting action. I'm worried that wood which isn't as rigid and stiff as most hardwoods won't respond well to the Fiskars. So anyone have much for pine splitting experience with the x27? Especially those who've used it on soft or knotty pine??? Thanks for the help!