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Liked it so much I bought it's little brother

Post in 'The Gear' started by timusp40, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    The X27 has been my favorite splitting tool for quite a while. So I figured, why not get the smaller of the series for camp fire splitting and other chores. Yes, I have other mauls and hatchets, but they haven't been used much since I found these guys.
    Take care,
    Tim
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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Good lookin' pair.

    I too really like the fiskars axes, and received the x11 about a year ago as a gift. I find it works really well for splitting a regular sized piece of firewood in 1/2 (for shoulder burns, or pieces I should have split smaller before, etc). Since I burn from the basement I have a splitting block down there, and just knock em in 1/2 as I need them. Lot nicer using that versus a regular axe in the house.

    The only thing I found, which maybe the x7 (i think that is what you have) is better for, but my x11 has a head a bit too wide for splitting kindling well. I still use a smaller estwing hatchet for that.

    pen
  3. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    That looks like a good set of tools timusp40. I have never tried them. Would make a good Christmas gift as pen has experienced. I may have to add the 27 to my santa list. The wife was asking me for a few ideas the other day. I have a small axe that I use already in the basement. A large maul I use out by the garage where the major wood processing takes place. But could use a nice splitter by the back window just before the wood comes inside. Then I need to stop all inside splitting. Cut down on the mess before it happens.
  4. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    Gasifier,
    A lot of talk on these forums about the Fiskers series. Some love them, others not so much. I have litterally beat the snot out of that X27 and have no complaints. I split all my wood by hand. I keep a very sharp edge on it (came that way) and have split rounds that otherwise would go into the ugly pile. Just gotta find what works for you.
    Take care,
    Tim
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  5. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Yes. I think that is very true. I think it probably depends on how much power you have. I have noticed that the maul works nice on the tougher woods because I don't have the power that some guys have. I then can flip the maul over and hit a wedge if I need to. As far as Ash and Pine goes, most of the time a good axe is fine. But the axe I have is too small for a lot of stuff. I think it is a Collins 2-1/2 (?), and is good for splitting the smaller stuff. But maybe I will give a try to the x27 for an in between size.
  6. Stubborn Dutchman

    Stubborn Dutchman Member

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    I'm still getting used to the X27. I can't seem to break my heavy maul habits of brute force. Going easier with more snap seems to work better with the X27 for me. I picked up the hatchet on sale at TSC for $18.00 recently. The price had gone back up to $26 but the tag hadn't gotten changed so I got the cheaper price!:)
  7. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I use the hatchet all the time. Not sure where my long one is. ;)

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