Okay fellas. I've caught flak over the Fiskar's and many pointed out that I had never used one. That has all changed as of this morning. I did use one but not for long because my back just could not take it. However, I was really sadly disappointed with it. I could hardly believe after reading all the positive comments that this thing did not perform all that good. I was not the only one to swing it and the other fellow did not have any better luck than I did. If I split by hand, it will be with the splitting maul. btw, it was the longer handled one too.