Back on topic, never swung the solid black handled deal, but the two X27's I've got with orange grip handles...wouldn't trade 'em for nothing. I've got an X25 as well, he don't see near the action the 27's get. Then again at my height, don't wanna cleave me 'ol ankles either. The 27's are a damn good splittin machine. With their warranty, how can ya go wrong. Never had any over strike problems with mine one bit as far the handle goes. Win-win as far as I'm concerned.