Two or three years back, I was looking for good splitting axe for my summer vacation home. I have some friends who heat their houses with fireplace, so I got a lot of good advice, but I also wanted to look up opinions online. I read a lot of splitting maul reviews and ended up choosing Fiskars X27. I think this is the best choice I’ve ever made, and let me explain why.

First of all, the quality of the product is great. I’ve had mine for two years, and after two years of use, there was a very tiny hole in the handle. It didn’t really bother me much, but I figured I would try calling Fiskars to figure out the details of my replacement warranty. Usually, when I call companies to remind them of their replacement warranties, there’s a lot of back and forth and annoying details that are so boring that I always fall asleep on the phone. That was not the case with Fiskars though. As soon as I reached them, the customer support guy was very nice and helpful, and they sent me my new splitting axe within a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised that I would end up with two working axes. And figuring that I wouldn’t need two, I gave the new one to my father in law, who had just broken his splitting axe and was looking for one.

And it’s not just durability. Fiskars X27 is very sharp and efficient as well. All logs I tried to split, were split instantly. I’ve had it for like three and a half years now, and I haven’t sharpened it once. I might need to do it in few years down the line, but five years without sharpening is still very impressive.

The only disadvantage I can think of, is probably the weight and length. Fiskars X27 is longer and heavier than usual splitting axes, which can be a deal breaker  for some people. They even explicitly say in their amazon product description that the axe is intended for tall men. Which is polite way to say that you shouldn’t buy unless you’re strong enough to wield it. But height is important aspect as well. Short guys shouldn’t buy long splitting mauls, as it defeats the purpose of buying one in the first place. I’m six feet myself and wielding this Fiskars feels very natural to me. I do get exhausted sometimes, so perhaps I should look into getting one of those automatic log splitters. But I still haven’t decided, so for now, I will stick with my splitting axe.