Fiskars axes? I have a couple of X7 hatchets...

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Plainsman, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Plainsman

    Plainsman

    834
    Apr 5, 1999
    My son and I each have a Fiskars X7 Hatchet and we love them! I am contemplating getting the X15 Chopping axe (23.5") version for a bushcraft axe. Do any of you have any of Fiskars axes? What do you think of them?
     
  2. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    I don't like them.
     
  3. killa_concept

    killa_concept

    May 19, 2009
    I've honestly never been too big a fan but to each their own - I much prefer the feel of a traditional wood handled axe. I have used a friend's Fiskars before though (I believe an x25? It was a boy's axe size anyways...) and it worked quite well for wood processing and made for an outstanding splitter. IMO, the profile doesn't lend itself to bushcraft/carving activities though and neither does the steel hardness - seemed to me that it was maybe 47-51hrc or so. It had some dings and rolling from simple axe chores away from knots or ground impacts
     
  4. bsmith_shoot

    bsmith_shoot

    Jun 6, 2012
    I just recently gave away an x15, but not because it want a decent axe. I've used mine for going on 8 years, and its held up and worked just fine. I prefer a good wood handle on my axes tho, so when a friend needed a decent axe to use for his families camping trips this summer, I gave him the x15. I know it will serve him good, and I get to keep my wooden handles.
     
  5. HeavyHanded

    HeavyHanded

    Jun 4, 2010
    I've backpacked with one of the older hatchets for many years, the thing is fantastic. The wife and kids bought me an X7 last Fall - only took it out once but its at least as functional as the older model - seems to split better but otherwise chops just as deep. Have the X15 and its fantastic too. Have done a ton of limbing and chopping with it and am very pleased with how well it handles and holds an edge. If your bushcraft needs extend to a larger axe and you like the X7, you won't be disappointed.

    HH
     
  6. Klutz

    Klutz Gold Member Gold Member

    504
    Apr 1, 2011
    I love the splitting axe. I've been using the last two seasons and it's less work then my maul.
     
  7. dcbowtecher

    dcbowtecher

    109
    Jan 21, 2010
    I have the x7, x15, and the x27. They are all great and are a fantastic value. Also, in the lineup are Wetterlings axes. Some have complained about the Fiskars line of axes, but frankly I don't know what the problem is. They all have performed well and are tough enough to withstand hard usage. Yes, sure I love the traditional axe, but the functionality of the Fiskars is superb. I do wish that a larger, longer felling axe be added to the line.
     
  8. JTC

    JTC

    Dec 22, 2002
    I have the older one and I love mine. I love to split up small wood into kindling with it.
     
  9. trailmaker

    trailmaker

    506
    May 15, 2011
    I have the first and second generation splitters and a 28in. chopping axes. I really like the original "Super Splitter", it's geometry and weight agree with me.
     
  10. filedog

    filedog

    511
    Sep 3, 2002
    When I was a younger, there was a spell where I earned my living with a hammer.
    I started with wooden handles, tried metal and fiberglass, and just never liked them.
    I'm sure they're tough, and for those who like them, great.
    I just think wood is the best handle material. It has it's drawbacks, but I don't mind : )
     
  11. Ethan_Hardy

    Ethan_Hardy

    350
    Sep 10, 2011
    Yeah their profile dont lend itself well to the more intricate tasks. Check out wetterlings and Gransfors Bruks. If you dont want to drop the coin check out Condor's offerings. They did a revamping of their small hatchet, giving it a thinner cutting profile. A fellow BF member sells the new versions at his shop. www.baryonyxknife.com/scouthatchet.html

    If you go elsewhere make sure its the thinner version, the previous version was more privy to splitting tasks.
     
  12. chuxwan

    chuxwan

    423
    Aug 26, 2012
    As it's been said, the profile doesn't work too well for carving. If I had extra money, I might get one and work it down to a suitable shape because I LOVE the way they feel in-hand.
     
  13. BlvdKing

    BlvdKing

    15
    Nov 10, 2011
    I have been using mine for camping and splitting for 5ish years. It has served me well and I will continue to use it as my "go to" axe for all axe duties. That being said I prefer a knife to an axe for bushcraft and smaller duties.
     
  14. Keith

    Keith

    250
    Dec 27, 2001
    I have a X15 for a couple of months and one of the pre X7 hatchets for several years. Both are excellent quality for the price. I prefer traditional wood handled axes and hatchets for general use(mainly because I'm a borderline neo-Luddite, but as mentioned the profile does limit them some), but for something to keep around for emergency purposes or for stuff where a regular axe may get messed up you can't go wrong with Fiskars. Wished they would come out with a full size felling axe to round out the product line.
     

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