Fiskars X25 Super Splitting Axe, 28-in
An Essential For The Wood Burning Enthusiast
I have chopped a few hundred cords over the past 25 years - nothing compares to the ease of using this axe. So far I have used it on maple, aspen, jackpine, and spruce. It went through like butter for the first 3 types of wood. The spruce slowed it down - it was 14-16" in diameter - my other axes wouldn't even get in more than 3/4" with a strong swing - the Fiskars would still get 3-4" with a strong first swing - a second and third swing would finish off each piece if needed. The non-stick finish allows not only for the axe to easily go into the wood, but for it to come back out instead of getting wedged into place as other axes do.
This is by far the best axe I have ever used for splitting wood. I am set to do 2-3 cords tomorrow and I am looking forward to a good day's work using the axe once again.
September 6, 2012
This axe has been with me for 2 years now and has split over 200 face cords, I am serious no joke.
This axe is light enough that you can swing it all day but heavy enough to go through the big stuff
I have mostly split maple and birch and have over swang lots and has never hurt the handle.
I perfer this over a wood splitter and can split faster with this than a wood splitter.
$50 well spent, it will last the average guy 2 life times.
November 11, 2011
Great splitting axe!
I had been using a heavy maul for firewood splitting at my cottage. This Fiskars splitting axe is much better. It is lighter and allows you to swing it faster. Speed of swing is more important than the weight of the axe head. You also don't get as tired. The "plastic" handle is very durable. More than a few times I swung a little long and hit with full force on the handle. It just bounces off and there are a few scuff marks.
I have included a photo of the sugar maple firewood I split one morning. Wood doesn't come much harder and this axe did a great job. I got the 28 inch as I am 6'4". I would say if you are under 5'10" then you may consider the longer 36" model.
September 28, 2011
Great For Firewood
This axe is great for using on the firewood at the campsite that you bought in a box and splitting into smaller pieces. Don't expect to be chopping down redwoods with it. It works great for the task and is so easy to use. The safety cover is a great feature to keep the axe and your fellow campers safe. We found a way to bolt ours to the side of a large size Action Packer by Rubbermaid which Canadian Tire also sells and we keep a lot of our camping/fishing gear inside and it transports perfectly!
June 25, 2011
Great splitting axe
This is not a camp ax. It's for splitting big ones into little ones for the wood pile. This might sound kind of obvious, but I heard one CT sales rep have to explain the difference to one customer. Over and over...
I bought this ax several years back. I'd have to say it's every bit as durable as any of the wood handled axes I've owned. It gets used every weekend to split firewood, and the head is assecure as the day as I bought it. The main problem is that if the head starts to loosen, it isn't as easily fixed as a wood handled axe.
I owned a smaller Fiskars wood-handled ax and the handle cracked after it fell six feet on a really cold day. Keep that in mind if you think you will be using this axe on a really cold day.
I use an angle grinder to rough sharpen the blade and a honing stone for the fine work. The blade is quick to sharpen and will hold an edge through a couple of cords of wood.
I think all-metal axes forged from a single piece of metal (e.g., #57-5121-8) are the best axes around because they are "impossible" to break, but for splitting wood around the homestead (or in my case, the house) the Fiskars axe is great for the job and reasonably priced.
February 26, 2011