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thomas rubino
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Been using a fiskars cutting axe for splitting down to rocket stove size pieces for over 3 years now and simply love it ! Recently was at a friend's house where he had both the 28" & the 36" fiskars super splitting axe. I never knew they had a splitting axe ... After trying both I went home and ordered my own 36" super splitter axe. Wow ! these things will split some wood ! I've been using conventional 8 lb splitting mauls and wedges for 35 + years , NO MORE ! This 36" 6.3 lb super splitter just pops wood apart , and it's SO LITE !!. I guess that in 350 years fiskars has learned how to make an axe ! Lifetime warranty , made in finland, highest quality, seriously sharp ! Who cares if they cost in the $50.00 range!!! If you're planning on a lifetime of wood splitting then invest in the best and you won't be sorry ! Or you can own a good hyd log splitter and not need a splitting axe... but you'll still need a nice sharp cutting axe to make them into rmh size pieces...
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Chadwick Holmes
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I second that! I am acampground caretaker for over 12 yrs now and have the long version for about a year now.....efficient work good quality tool!
 
Michael Newby
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I love how the Fiskars split wood!

The only drawback to the Fiskars line of axes/mauls in my opinion is the inability to change a handle. Yes, the handles can be broken, no, they won't replace it under warranty if you break it: "You had to be using it for an un-intended purpose." Is what I've been told after 3 handles. No axe or maul should be made with a hammer shaped poll if they don't intend for it to hammer wedges and the like... Those handles will break right at the head after a while even just driving plastic felling wedges. It's happened to me enough that I would call it a design flaw.

All that being said, I do still own 3 versions of Fiskars and that get used very regularly by my whole family.
I'll admit that I actually don't use the axes at home but only because I'm a tool snob and like using my Gransfors Bruks axes even more, but my wife and kids aren't allowed to touch those, hence not retiring the Fiskars completely.
 
Chadwick Holmes
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You might consider a felling axe for wedges, and just use this as a splitting axe....

I have split all the wood fora girls out camp for a year with one and had no trouble, that doesn't mean I will never have trouble, but I tend to treat tools really well so I can buy new stuff instead of replacements! I'm a toolaholic!

Also this is total American tool stuff, made to be used broken and rebought, disposable to most folks...sad but true. If you want old world quality I would look into axes and mauls made by Gransfors Bruks in Sweden, those will cost you but you can be assured you will buy them once, I own their hewing axe in two different forms, and the quality is superb!

On the other hand the heads of the ones you have broken would make good wedges, and I think I could make a handle for them and use a press to get the fit right. Try that!

Whoops just read the end with Gransfors in it........foot in mouth!
 
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