Fiskars Splitting Axe,Best length for my height

HDRock Posted By HDRock, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:48 AM

  1. HDRock

    HDRock
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    well, I like the X 25 it works good, and I think it gives me a little more control than a longer handle.

    Maybe they should make the handles like this ;lol
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  2. Dune

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    I have both the long and the shorter fiskars. I am much happier with the performance of the longer one. Save your money.
     
  3. Bigg_Redd

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    You have the one with a 2.25lb head and 24" handle? Rilly?
     
  4. Dune

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    Yes. It was the only one available in my area at the time. I now keep it in my utility truck for some emergencies.
    Later I found the longer 4.4 pound version in a hardware store several hundred miles from here and bout it on the spot.
     
  5. Bigg_Redd

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    You have used and own both, eh. . . you are a rare specimen, indeed.

    Next question: does your preference for the longer handle have anything whatsoever to do with your height?
     
  6. Dune

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    I doubt it. I didn't say you were incorrect about the height.
     
  7. Bigg_Redd

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    WTF? That was my main point to the OP.
     
  8. Dune

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    My only point is that a longer handle imparts more impact.
     
  9. Bigg_Redd

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    Right, until you were made to concede, by me, that at a certain length handles become unwieldy and inefficient.

    What length is that, BTW? And how do you know?
     
  10. Dune

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    Well, let's see. For the first 30 years or so I split wood with a 36" 8 pound mail.
    Eventually I found that a certain axe, with half that head weight could split better than the maul, and leave me less tired.
    Since I know from experience that if I have to, I can swing an 8 pound head 3 feet out, it is a given that the 4.4 pound head can also be readily swung 3 feet out, and clearly it strikes that much harder 3 feet out than 2 feet out.
     
  11. salmonhunter

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    longer is better! maybee bigg_redd believes smaller is better because thats what his wife keeps telling him to not hurt his feelings!:p nah im just kidding. I think the longer handle is better but never used the smaller one so?
     
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  12. mossycup

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    I first bought the X25 and thought the handle was too short, so I sprang for the X27 as soon as it was available. I am 5'-10" tall and when I'm splitting and get into the groove, I have found that the X25 feels better when using a stump/block to split on. Now, when a crotchy, knotty piece sneaks onto the stump I sometimes have to break out the X27 for the bit of extra explosive swing that can go into it. My X25 and a sledge/wedge make good wood.
     
  13. trailmaker

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    I've heard the term "kinetic chain sequence" when people discuss the mechanics of pitching. It's basically the idea that different parts of the body "unwind" like a whip cracking. The same physics must apply to swinging an axe. Each person has different physical dimensions and style of swing, so each person probably has a theoretical best handle length and head weight. I own both lengths and prefer the 28in axes, I feel like I'm getting a sharper faster "whip crack". I'm 5 feet 8 inches and use a splitting stump.
     
  14. freddypd

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    Just got the X27 yesterday. Very nice. Gave it a few swings and it felt great. Of course I am a beginner and have nothing to compare it to. I also got the Fiskars sharpener.
     

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