having read all the hype... "spirited" arguments and such for both sides, i purchased an x27 and have been very impressed with it so far. it is an effective tool that is light & easy to swing. it is not a "do all" tool, it will not replace a wedge and sledge or large maul. for it's size and ease of use i'd rather swing it though.
if you break it... it has a lifetime guarantee though, if its old and they don't make the same model anymore they will replace it with next larger or next smaller size of your choice. ( i believe gerber axes & hatchets are made by them as well, but don't know if they carry same guarantee.)
i split mainly oak with mine but have used it on a little of everything, including sweetgum & elm (that my neighbor said was un-splittable).. an "edge-friendly" material under what u are trying to split will require less sharpening. the fiskars sharpener (that is recommended) also works very well. i have also used the sharpener on many other edges with much success. earlier post being first i've heard of with problems using it.
i have also purchased a fiskars hand held pole trimmer/ lopper that works very well. any tools i need in the future that they produce will also likely be purchased ( i hate my hedge trimmers but don't use them enough to justify replacing them with the fiskars just yet)
Just got my x-27 today. Granted, it's new, sharp, slick. Can't believe how much easier it is to use. Already want an x-25 for the smaller stuff. My old 8lb maul is like an antique now.
I like everything fiskars I own except the sharpener, for some reason I can't get mine to sharpen anything, and I have spent hours with it, tried it on all sorts of edged things including fiskars axe and hatchet. I am beginning to think I got a reject one, because everyone else reports god success and easy top use.
or I am a tard, which..well..might have some merit to that notion
Yes, the finish and a very slightly different handle end. I called them up and asked them.
Agreed, the X25 is a nice piece. Does a good job with a short handle.Well, I have used a lot of different splitting axes/mauls. I was dubious of the hype over the fiskars splitting axes. I tried them over the weekend, they do perform. I find the x25 to be a bit more effective than the x27, the head geometry is slightly different, it seems to split rounds easier, even with the shorter handle. Going to have to add one to my arsenal.