My experience exactly - just bought a Fiskars about 3 weeks ago - had about 30 oak, beech, and ash rounds to split, so headed right out. First round was an ash - the round split so fast on the first swing, the head missed the block and hit the ground pretty hard - got a small chip on the tip of the axe blade. Eased up after that, but couldn't be more impressed with the Fiskars. Even split some fairly gnarly beech with not too much trouble - definitely splits better and with less effort than my Collins 6lb maul. Cheers!