I went ahead and bought a fiskars X27 today I needed a new splitting axe and after reading all the great reviews of it here I decided to go for it. It was doing pretty good living up to all the hype until I ran into some nasty twisted up pecan. That stuff is rough I had to break out the maul and wedges after I got into it I saw why the x27 wasn't working. I must have gotten a lot of pieces that were from branch areas or something. Overall I would say that this is a very good splitting axe Im pleased with it. Aside from the knotty twisted stuff that I struggled with everything else split great.