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How Do You Aim Your Fiskars?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Mr A, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    Takes practice, I'm sure. I have the long handled X27 Fiskars. I get close by sighting my lower hand above where I want to strike, .and my nose. I've been practicing on some 4" branches trying to split 'em right down the middle. Usually an inch off one way or the other.

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  3. velvetfoot

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    I haven't split by hand in a while, but I bought an x27 in the off season. As I recall, for whatever reason, if I opened my eyes real wide just at the point of contact I would hit close.
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    I'm getting one of those for deer season! They need to come out w/ the tactical rail so I can mount a flash light and laser for home defense. :)
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    With my maul, I just look at the place on the round I want to hit...then I hit it. There's no method to the madness.
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    Get the x25 - whatever advantage the superfluous extra length of the x27 has, accuracy is not one of them.
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    I guess I have to ask why you are splitting 4 inch branches? They just get cut to length and stacked. Everything else is just repetition and you will get the hang of it. A good trick is using a rubber tire to hold the rounds and if you miss you just hit the tire harmlessly.
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Most of my pieces all have at least one 2" sliver taken off
    first shot. Then I get a half decent hit in the center. I'll
    never understand it! Aim is horrible. Love the axe though. Its me.
  9. Mr A

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    I use them for kindling, and practicing my ax swing accuracy.
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    Maybe she isn't properly broken in yet. I just haul some wood near to the woodshed and park it. The next day I find that it has been unloaded, split, and stacked. If the tool had a mouth I'd buy it some nice cold brew. But, alas...
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    much better to just use a hatchet to make kindling, using the X27 just means keeping a wider stance and going straight overhead. No real secret. For large rounds try going in slices rather than splitting in the middle, works great and you can get away with one swing all the way around with each split
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    This poor guy is going to grow old trying to get 4-5 cords for the winter.....
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    I did it last year, and hope to be a year ahead this year. A partnership in a hydro splitter is on the way tho.....looking forward to it.
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    My eye/hand coordination is somewhat off. I have tried to "look" at where I want to hit, but usually miss, sometimes the whole blasted log.
    Maybe next time I'll try with one eye closed and see what happens. If that still doesn't get me results, I'll try with both eyes closed and then it will be a surprise.<>
  16. Mr A

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    I feel it is like swinging a baseball bat, you got it or you don't. I work with surveying instruments, builders levels and such. I have noticed I have a knack to know exactly where to place the target so the instrument man can call the shot. I get several beer shots a day.
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    Do you swing straight overhead or from the 3/4 side as one would with an axe? I only use the fiskars straight overhead...and I have paid particular attention to how I hit the spot 90% of the time since you posted this....I notice that I focus on one point in the wood and it just goes there, very much like hitting a golf ball, I focus on one dimple.
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    I've been getting pretty anal about it. I mark the wood with a sharpie felt tip marker in the center I want to hit, and make 1 in markings from the center. I'm getting close. I stand in a sort of fight stance, yea, a rotation of my body from the strike point, not 3/4 but maybe 1/8, a bit off center.
    . The lumberjack competitors say to stand square in front, raise and lower the axe directly over your center,. Considering standing square in front of it, then rotating to your side would be 1/4 of a circle, with it to your back would 1/2, etc. just how I'm thinking of the 3/4 question.
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    Never looked it up or heard that...but that is exactly what I do. you can kinda see in the video I posted how I do it.

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