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Fiskars X11 Splitting Axe, 17-Inch
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349 of 362 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
I know I have reviewed this before, its just every time I use this Axe I like it more and more, anyway to I did a quickie unedited video of me splitting a few rounds, I have split Doug Fur, Aspen, Walnut and Hickory, some rounds take several hits, and is still 1/2 the work of using wedges and mauls...
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386 of 403 people found the following review helpful
Another 5 star review of the Fiskars 36" Splitting Axe to convince you to definitely buy this great splitting axe. I am 5'10". I did have the 28" Fiskars axe but I knew it was too short and unsafe. After the first swing, I sent it back. I now have the 36" and what a awesome splitting axe. It easily blows away my other splitting axes and mauls - Collins 36" 6 and 8 lbs mauls, Ames True Temper Axe Eye Wood Splitter and Ames True Temper Super Splitter Wood Splitter-Maul. The 36" Fiskars is light - only 4 lbs., important when you hand splitting (and I was definitely grateful for the light weight difference after splitting several cords of wood). Even though it's light, I've had great luck splitting all sorts of hardwoods, red/white oak, black locust, walnut - and those are some of your hardest firewood types. On really tough pieces, I start splitting off the four outer sides where the tree growth rings are the weakest and then I'm left with a sort of square-ish center piece which is usually small enough to burn. This axe has a nice sharp blade and it holds it sharpness pretty long between sharpenings. Another great feature is how the handle is molded up and around the blade. I have really missed my mark and gave this handle a beating and (so far) it's holding up great. I've broke hickory and cracked fiberglass handles before, but this handle is tough. Also, you get a nice little locking blade protector case with a handle on it. So, in conclusion, in my opinion, this is the best splitting axe I've ever used.Plus you'll save $$$ by not buying an electric/gas wood splitter. Also, buy yourself some steel toe boots and eye protection; can't be too careful. Here are some great tips for those just getting into wood burning. For those of you shopping for a wood burner, I have a Lopi Freedom Insert. With Black Locust firewood, I'm getting 12 plus hour burns which is superb. But if you don't have to get an insert and can fit a freestanding stove in your room, get a Blaze King. You'll get up to 40 hour burns (with oak, locust), plus they have a ash pan (unlike most inserts) and an automatic adjustable damper so it'll automatically adjust temperature/heat output. Also, I installed a inline fan and some air duct lines to shoot the heat to my bedrooms and other living room on the far end of the house (ranch homes are the hardest to heat with wood because they're so long) It works like a charm - before it would barely get to 65-67 and now it easily gets to 73 and up. Plus, it really balanced out the heat and pulled it out of the fire place den making it much more tolerable. Also, install ceiling fans in all your major rooms, reverse them (for winter), and leave them on low. They pull the heat off the ceiling and re-circulate it down making it more comfortable. Oh, at night, close doors to unused rooms, basements; it'll help direct heat to your bedrooms. If you just have open doorways, $20 vinyl folding doors are cheap, look good, compact and work great. Sorry, yet another tip, you don't need to pay high prices for oak and ash firewood. I burn with black locust, which I can get much cheaper and I'm getting 12 plus hour burn times with them and with all my above mentioned methods in place, my 1700 + sq ft house stays constant at 72 and up. Buy this axe, and splitting that tough to split locust will be easy for you. Sorry for the long review, but I wanted to include this information for any new comers to the wood burning scene. I found all this information by internet searching, trial and error, and asking everyone I knew - all in all it was a headache until I got my system just right. Hopefully, if you're new and wood-burning uneducated like I was, you'll find this information useful. Good luck and have fun with it while getting good exercise.
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289 of 306 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2011
I've been reading about others who have been using various Fiskars splitting tools over the last few years, always treating them with some skepticism and never really feeling the need to get one of the 28" short handled versions. With the release of teh 36" X27 splitting axe however I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what all the fus was about. Got my new X27 when I came home from owork one night and I was unable to resist, immediately unboxed it, went outside and gave a hard maple round (about 14" across and 20" long, no branches or knots) and good solid whack. The head bounced right off the thing. Hit it again, same result. No split, no cracks, no nothing. Curious, I grabbed my trusly old fiberglass handled 8lb maul and blew the round into 2 equal sized chunks on the first hit. Thinking I must have gotten it started with the X27 I grabbed another round, smacked it with the old maul and WHAM! popped it on the first hit. I took one of the halves and again, the X27 disappointed.

Figuring I had a problem here because there is just no way THAT many people reviewing this thing could possibly not have used a standard 8lb splitting maul similar to mine, I did some hunting and even contacted Fiskars tech support. I was able to trace my problem back to the cutting edge on the axe. The Fiskars needs a shapr cutting edge in order to work right and while they're supposed to be nice and sharp right from the factory, for whatever reason, mine was very dull...it could be that the supplier that ships them for Amazon levaes them dull to avoid lawsuits, or my particualr axe wound up with an extraordinarliy thick coating of the non stick application on the head...but whatever the reason, my thumb was in no danger of being cut by running it over the edge. Fortunately I purchased the Fiskars sharpener with the axe, so I took that out of the package, ran the axe back and forth over the sharpening wheel about 10x and now the thing is so sharp it can cut paper like a good chef's knife.

Armed with a now seriously dangerously sharp aplitting axe I went back to my woodpile. One hit, and POW! the hard maple rounds stand no chance. Now the thing is, I was able to split these same rounds with my old maul, but I'm not applying anywhere near as much force to the X27 and because the head is barely half the weight of the maul, its not as tiring a process with the Fiskars as with the maul.

Bottom line, this product really does work the way people describe it, but the thing has got to have an edge on it...if you don't keep it sharp, its going to disappoint. For this reason I recommend people use a splitting stump or other hard wood surface and maybe avoid splitting on the ground, otherwise you're going to be sharpening the edge a couple times a day.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
I have owned the super splitting axe for close to 4 years now and have split at least 15 cords of oak, maple, ash, hickory, beech, birch and cherry with it so I feel I can safely say it is by far the best splitting tool I have ever used and I have been splitting wood by hand for 30 years. I am 6'2" tall, and I do not find the length of the handle a problem. I split on a stump and let the wedge fall downward so have never come close to winging myself. You need far less momentum with this lightweight wedge than when using a six or eight pound maul, so it is easier to aim and control the trajectory. It really feels more like using a standard axe but with far better splitting power. I can split for 3-4 hours without tiring because the axe is so light. I have just run through about 4.5 cords of green oak in 26 hours over 3 weeks (see image). Though more work physically, this axe is actually faster than homeowner-sized hydraulic wood splitters if you have good technique. It holds an edge very well and the teflon coating still seems to be holding up after all the use I have put it through. The handle is in perfect shape (see image I posted)and I like the axe handle butt as it makes holding on to the tool when my gloves are wet much easier. It may seem like a toy from the pictures, but this is a fantastic, professional-grade tool. I have convinced several folks to buy one after trying out mine!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2015
Failed after less than 5 cord of wood. The head bounced off the log and went flying. I liked it until then. See picture; their claim of unbreakable handle is nonsense. Temp was below freezing... maybe it is more brittle in the cold? I'm sure they will send a replacement but i'll be slightly nervous using it, especially in the cold.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2005
I have had this axe for 2 years now, it's never been sharpened, and it still cuts better than any other axe i've ever used. I have used it for chopping and splitting, and it's great for both. When chopping, each swing drives deeper than I expect. And splitting with this axe is almost fun. I looked at a Gerber axe that looked like this one, but the Gerber was not as heavy - the Fiskars seemed much bigger and better.

I have had three friends come to Amazon and purchase this axe after borrowing mine - how's that for testimony? I even bought a second one just in case they discontinue making it...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Went to my buddy's mountain house for the weekend. Super excited to split some logs with my brand new axe. Got 4 big logs split with ease and it was awesome. On the fifth log I swing like a mighty mountain man and the head breaks off. Luckily he had some old splitting mauls around. I am sure this is a defect because most of the reviews on here give it stellar performance. As long as I get a new one, I will be willing to give this Fiskars another go. Just sent Amazon customer service an email about it. This is my first complaint with anything I have purchased off Amazon, lets see how they do.
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70 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2006
After buying the Fiskars standard 2.5 lb splitter and 2.25 lb. chopping axes I decided to buy the heavier 4.5 lb maul (Power Axe 7854) for the harder oak wood and I was not disappointed. I also got the Fiskars sharpening tool (10 dollars) and it works great with all of the Fiskars axes.

One possible problem for some people: The handle could have been about 3 to 4 inches longer on the Power Axe but if one uses good form it works great as a medium weight maul.

As with swinging ANY sharp tool good form and some common sense are a must to avoid injury.

These axes are sharp from the factory but they will not shave hair until you use the sharpener. A few passes with the sharpener and these axes will shave your arm or anything else you want to.

The design of the blade and the teflon coating on it prevents the axe from sticking to the wood. If it fails to split in the first swing just pull it out and take another swing. The light handle keeps the weight up front where it belongs. Also don't forget to lightly oil the blades when done or they will rust in a humid environment. After slicing my finger oiling the camp axe I spray WD-40 on them now.

My old cheap wood handled axe was not very sharp and it kept sticking to the wood so bad that I sometimes needed to hammer it out. Once the handle started to come loose I just gave the thing away

I bought the 14 inch camp axe (20 dollars at Home Depot) but it's too light for all but the smallest chores. Probably will be called on to help butcher deer and wild hogs.

PRO: Great handling, good looking, really sharp tough blades, your gonna love it.

CON: Short handle: watch your form or you will be taking off some toes or worse.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2001
I bought this axe for my husband for Christmas. He has split many a log over the years and this is by far the best axe he has ever used. He said it split the logs like a knife through butter! He also said it was extremely light weight and comfortable to use.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2007
With a keen edge, this axe splits billets like a hot knife through butter. I recently helped a friend split two cords of seasoned pine and Russian olive wood. After letting him try the Fiskars I had a time trying to get it back from him. He's buying one also. Do yourself a favor and get the Fiskars axe sharpener. It's around ten dollars and puts a very sharp edge on your blade almost without effort... well worth the few dollars.
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