About, I guess a year or so ago, I "won" a Fiskars X27 maul for being one of the 5-10 people who might have made the 1 millionth post here. Full disclosure, when I started splitting wood Gerald Ford was in the White House. Full disclosure: I own three Fiskars chopping axes, a couple pairs of scissors, a hatchet, love them all. I have used several gasoline powered splitters over the years, it really takes at least two men working hard to get the full value out of the gasoline those things burn. I own probably 15-20 different wedges to be used with sledgehammers while splitting rounds into cord wood. I still own my grandpa's splitting maul, hickory handle, simple head shape, a good tool if you live south of the Mason - Dixon line. I also own a Lowes-Depot modern MiC special maul. Fiberglass handle, complex head shape, not bad for what it is. I process about ten cords per year. This year, instead of just a glove and lube my doctor is going to give me lots of drugs and a scope along with the glove and the lube. I bought an electric splitter YEARS ago for my volume and haven't looked back. At my annual volume, and at my age, a powered splitter of some kind is de riguer. So today, with two more cords coming in tomorrow, I had this problem. Spaten Optimator is actually my second favorite dopplebock behind Ayinger Celebrator. I am kinda holding off and getting a bit deeper into Lent before I crack my Celebrator stash, but no driving either way. So I dug out my X27. Not making toothpicks out of chopsticks here. This thing, the Fiskars X27 is the bee knees, the bomb, the Boss, whatever. My electric splitter is still in warranty. I got to dig up the receipt and drag it over to Lowes-Depot when I am morally and ethically safe to drive my truck tomorrow AM, but rather than burn daylight, I grabbed the X27. It's -2dF up here right now and these rounds have been outdoors since August 2016 that I know of. Even allowing for them being frozen solid, the X27 is tearing them apart like a pack of wolves in a dairy barn. With my other mauls I split like a teenager at -20dF and I can split like Thor at -40dF. At -2dF with the X27, I split like Thor. I realistically can not see any reason to buy any maul other than the X27 today unless you just can't afford it. If you are burning wood because money is really that tight, the MiC complex headed monstrosity I got from Lowes-Depot is a better all around splitter then my grandpa's hickory handled antique. But the X27 kicks both their butts with one hand tied behind its back. If you are on the fence, google up "the white death" to figure out if the Finns know or do not know what they are doing. Fiskars X27 is $59.97 on Amazon, free shipping if you got Prime. If my two sons and I manage to wear out all three of the mauls I currently own, and wear out all of the wedges I own, and I choose to not replace my splitter when it goes out of warranty... I got one son in SoCal and one in Texas... so not bloody likely... but if I ever buy another splitting maul I'll be googling up to see if anything is coming close to the Fiskars X27. End of story, if I wear out this X27 I will replace it. Also, if you just can't do German beer but love Jesus and want to do something to mark the Lenten season, well, Guiness Antwerpen does not suck...but my electric splitter is still the broken. Splitting wood, there is beer involved above -10dF.