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This fiskars axe is amazing!

Post in 'The Gear' started by webby3650, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. tahoostas

    tahoostas Member

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    Love mine too. Have the hatchet as well. Mind you i split mainly aspen! Like a hot knife through butter. Had to split some birch about 10" diameter that was so green it squirted water when the axe went in. Holy smokes.

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  2. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    I bought the Fiskars sharpener - which I got with the thought that I would take good care of my axes. The sharpener is a joke. Probably 20-30 cords later, the axe is still throwing splits. It doesn't look as sharp and has a few dings and pits, but it still works well. It will outlast me.
  3. MattW

    MattW New Member

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    I love my X27, my wife got it for me last Christmas and I promptly split 12 cords with it. My old Dad was pretty envious when I was helping him with his firewood, I was splitting rounds with one blow that were stonewalling his old maul. We first got on to the Fiskars when I bought my brother a hatchet for his canoe trips, he brought it out one day when we were splitting 24in alder rounds. We were all laughing asking him what he thought he was going to do with that and he said "just watch this" and took and split a bunch like nothing. My brother uses the Fiskars sharpener but I just use a flat file to keep an edge on mine.
  4. BCC_Burner

    BCC_Burner Feeling the Heat

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    I have an X27 and love it as well, works great for rounds up to about 14 or 16 inches, then I switch to the 8 pound maul to break up the big pieces. The Fiskars just doesn't seem to have the mass and the broadness to get a split started in big rounds. I had a few over the weekend that I put over 200 swings into with the Fiskars with no discernible splitting. Another 10 or 12 strikes with the maul and I had them cracked open.

    It's all about the right tool for the job.
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  5. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    Work the edges. I bust 36" rounds 20" long with mine. Knots is what will stop it dead.
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  6. Insomnivore

    Insomnivore New Member

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    Spent about 6 hours today splitting Beech and Birch with my X27. I feel bad when I grab the X27 over my old reliable big, honking maul but after many, many swings I know it's the right choice. I'm not sore and am looking forward to spending the better part of tomorrow splitting a 65' cherry I dropped today. Old maul would have me rethinking this.
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  7. lml999

    lml999 Member

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    Thanks! Sounds like the X25 is the right option for me!
  8. ColdNH

    ColdNH Minister of Fire

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    5'10 and 210 pounds here, the x27 feels just perfect for me. I picked up an x25 in the store and it felt ackward.
  9. rowerwet

    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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    when you hold the axe in the store, swing the axe slowly with your arms extended, track the head downward all the way, if the axe touches your shins, imagine what a glancing blow that also misses the chopping block would look like.
    I'm 5' 10" and the X27 was the only model that puts the axe head into the ground, not my shins.
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  10. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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  11. Papa-Yankee-Romeo-Oscar

    Papa-Yankee-Romeo-Oscar Member

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    I have first hand experience with an x27 meeting a boot and a foot...==c

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  12. JohnKoP

    JohnKoP New Member

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    Great tool!
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  13. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    looks like you got lucky too. coulda been a lot worse!
  14. Papa-Yankee-Romeo-Oscar

    Papa-Yankee-Romeo-Oscar Member

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    Yeah, if I had a full swing it would have been a whole lot worse. I was just knocked it on the ground to get a chunk of Elm off the end of it. I thought the chunk hit the side of my foot, I just kept on splitting. A couple splits later I noticed the hole in my boot and I could see my bloody sock. I really expected it to be worse. If you look at the boot you can see that the steel toe stops just in front of where the axe went in.
  15. CenterTree

    CenterTree Feeling the Heat

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    Just bought mine tonight (x27) at Sears. They had it for $54.99. I knew Walmart's website had them at $49.97,,, so I asked the clerk at Sears to do a price match and I walked out with my new tool.

    Gonna try it tomorrow.
    :)

    Will be wearing steel toes for sure!!
  16. NRGarrott

    NRGarrott New Member

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    I am 5'10 and have a x27, It feels just right for me, but I would like to try a x25 if anyone is local to Maryland and wants to swap for a weekend. I agree with basswidow, the sharpner is a joke. I use a flat file and it does a much better job.
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  17. CenterTree

    CenterTree Feeling the Heat

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    Put my new one to the test a few hours yesterday and I love it. Glad I learned about the X27 here at Hearth.com:)
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  18. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    aussie, i was in bunnings today looking at these...only had the 25....i want the 27...might have to do some shopping online!
  19. rowerwet

    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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    I found the best price on amazon, still is last time I looked
  20. BOBWASTINGTIME

    BOBWASTINGTIME New Member

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    I bought the Fiskars X27 at Sears last year for $60. It works so good I made a video of it
  21. gerry100

    gerry100 Minister of Fire

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    All short pieces, How does it work on 23" long pieces standing on the ground?
  22. rowerwet

    rowerwet Minister of Fire

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    I split 16" oak with one or two swings usually
  23. BOBWASTINGTIME

    BOBWASTINGTIME New Member

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    23 inch fresh cut oak? like cutting thru butter. Old, dried out, semi rotted. Have to hit it on the edges. Still basically has no problem.
  24. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    I was greedy and bout both X25 and X27 from amazon. I always have one in the Ute 'just in case' and one in my splitting area.
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  25. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    how does the 25 go splitting wood....it looked more like an axe than a splitter?....or is ti in between?

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