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Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch
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- Ideal for felling trees
- Chops deeper with each swing to get more done faster
- Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power, much like an aluminum baseball bat
- Shock-absorbing FiberComp handle is lightweight yet stronger than steel to prevent overstrike damage
- Lifetime warranty
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From the manufacturer
Fiskars promotes achievement and self-expression by focusing on easy to use, innovative tools to make gardening, cooking and crafting more enjoyable. The Fiskars brand is part of Fiskars Group, which was founded in Finland in 1649 and has become a leading functional and living products company with a strong brand portfolio including Fiskars, Iittala, Gerber, Wedgewood and Waterford.
The all-purpose design of the X15 Chopping Axe makes felling trees quick and easy. Like every X-Series Hatchet or Axe, the X15 combines perfected weight distribution, advanced blade geometry, an ultra-sharp edge and virtually unbreakable design to maximize your performance. This combination of features allows the blade to bite deeper when chopping. With more blade penetration on each swing, you can chop more wood in less time, with less effort and hand strain.
From the Manufacturer
An unwieldy, oversized axe tends to make its user a little nervous - nothing like the thought of an emergency room visit to suck the fun out of felling and limbing trees, eh? That's why Fiskars has designed this chopping axe (Fiskars Chopping Axe 23.5-Inch #7857) with a shorter, more controllable 23-1/2-inch handle. Easier to swing, lets you land the head exactly where you want it. Plus, the hardened steel blade starts out sharp, stubbornly holds its edge, and chews quickly through flinty heartwood with help from the friction-reducing non-stick coating. Better still, Fiskars cures the dangerous problem of loosening axe heads with an insert-molded design locks the blade in place so it won't ever unhitch itself from the durable, weatherproof handle. Includes a sturdy sheath for safe storage and transportation. And the Fiskars lifetime warranty of performance excellence.
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First off all, if you visit Fiskars website about this product [...], you will see that the use and purpose of this tool is not for splitting wood, but for felling trees. I have only felled trees with axes greater than 27 inches in length in the past, so I was fairly skeptical about using such a short felling ax.
My skepticism was tamed when I took it up to my property in Idaho one weekend to clear some land of live and dead trees that needed to be chopped down. It didn't take much effort to swing this small ax, but I was very surprised to see how deep this cut with minimal effort. I didn't get worn out so quickly like I do when swinging a longer ax. I found that my endurance lasted much longer with this short handle than with a longer one.
On top of being able to last longer and cut with such a sharp blade, my wife, who is 5' 2", was able to use this thing very well! It is a great product that both her and I are able to use and not compromise the ability to fell trees quickly.
The blade on this maintained its edge very well, and it was not hard to keep sharp. I sharpened it regularly to keep its edge, but looking back, I didn't really need to. Another feature of which I was skeptical is the hollow handle. I thought that there would be a lot of vibration in the fiberglass handle while chopping, but it was just the opposite. there was no vibration, and the smooth handle had plenty of grip- even in sweaty hands-, but didn't give me blisters.
This is a tool well worthy of five starts! I highly recommend this product from the most experienced to the least experienced.
The edge is built for chopping, but it's a little too fine for some hard dry limbs. Anything above an inch in diameter runs the risk of folding the edge if you're aim isn't sure. I figured this out after my nephew used a the Fiskars hatchet. If you're looking for a limbing axe, the Estwing's a better bet.
Half the time, I use this more as a hatchet, sometimes even as crude knife, by choking up on the handle. The blade can become razor sharp with ease. The Estwing's edge, on the other hand: merely-sharp. Adding some foam and athletic tape to the tubular part of the Estwing's handle has given me hatchet-like versatility, but nothing like what comes from the Fiskar's handle naturally. You'll never use the Estwing as a knife.
I've also used this and the Estwing to hew small beams. The Estwing is actually an excellent shape for making glancing, chipping blows, especially with an extended handle. The Fiskars, on the other hand, will never allow a chipping strike. Instead, it will bite into the grain of the wood. Frankly, while it's more labor, the result can look better with practice, but it's only practical on small beams. I don't recommend the Fiskars for hewing, except in a pinch in which case, have at it.
Finally, let me tell you about how these axes swing. The Fiskars can be sharp, and places so much weight in the head (the balance point is only an inch along the handle), that you can use it as a spot machete with far less than a full-speed swing. With the Fiskars you can cut a small green limb, as long as you go diagonal to the grain, with between half and 2/3rds the speed you'd bring to solid mass of wood. The Estwing, on the other hand, has a light head and a heavy handle that requires a faster swing to do the same thing. It's a completely differently philosophy, but not inferior. The Fiskars is kind of amazing in this respect. The Estwing, merely average.
They're almost identical in weight, though I believe the Fiskars is slightly lighter. The Estwing's handle is marginally longer, but the Fiskars is plenty-long-enough for sideways work, especially in among the branches of a living forest. If you're going to split firewood, or chop trees on the ground as your main task, the Fiskars is a far better choice than the Estwing, but unless you're camping, you'll be better off with a much longer handle.
Different axes with slightly different capabilities. To summarize, the Fiskars will devour its way through wood, will split nicely, and can be used at many different speeds from many different hand positions. The Estwing will do most of that and will handle the hardest limbs with ease and excels at extremely oblique strikes.
One last thing I could mention. The Estwing can be destroyed-- though it might take years of additional strain-- by an overstrike that dents the tubular handle. The Fiskars, on the other hand, will probably never have that problem.
I love them both, but like this one more.
I'm about-to-pop pregnant and my husband works a lot, so I needed something that I could use to get some work done outside. One of our trees was struck by lightning, split, and fell into the neighbor's yard. We didn't have an axe, chainsaw, or anything else that could get the job done. I ordered this and started hauling the tree out piece by piece.
My husband has had the opportunity to use it as well and he was impressed though he'd probably benefit from a longer one.
Also, the cover. I didn't realize it was in the yard and ran it over with our gigantic passenger van. Nothing happened to it.
I can't wait to buy a Fiskars shovel.