The Fiskars X25 is the second largest splitting axe in their X-Series range. Whether you have a lot of wood to split or some big stumps that are making life tough, this could be the tool for you.

The features of the X25 look impressive on paper, but does it perform? In this article, we’ll review the Fiskars X25 axe to help you understand its features, strengths, and weaknesses. You’re about to discover if it has a place in your tool collection.

Woman holding an X25 axe in her right hand
The Fiskars X25 is a useful tool to keep in the shed.

Overview of the Fiskars X25

The Fiskars X25 is a well-built axe that will split big tree rounds all day without breaking. Its FiberComp handle is super-durable, light, and does a reasonable job of absorbing shock.

At 28” in length, it’s long enough to deliver impressive splitting power. Combined with a sharp edge and anti-stick blade coating, it will swing its way through most wood.

This axe is our favorite large splitting axe in the Fiskars range. It’s excellent if you have a lot of wood to chop, providing a nice balance of power, accuracy, and ease of use.

Keep in mind that stubborn logs, crotches, and unfriendly knots are tough work with an X25. If you’ve got the budget, keeping an X27 on hand for the toughest jobs is worth it. Its extra length brings a lot of extra power to the table, making the hardest jobs a little less backbreaking. Check out our Fiskars X27 review to learn more. Of course, a large maul like the Fiskars Pro Maul will also help in these situations.

The X25 is good value for money, offering similar performance to the top Swedish axe brands for a lower price. It doesn’t have the sleek look of a classic Gransfors Bruk, but those more interested in performance will be impressed with this product.

A Fiskars X25 infographic showing dashboard performance stats.

Fiskars X25 Quick Advice

  • The X25 is made to split logs over 12” in diameter.
  • Most will find it light enough for everyday smaller jobs.
  • Anyone that finds the X27 too long and unwieldy will find the X25 a lot more manageable.
  • If budget allows, buy a backup longer splitting axe or heavy-duty maul for extreme jobs.

How does the Fiskars X25 perform?

We gave the Fiskars X25 Splitting Axe a solid workout on some 20” elm and 14” pine rounds. It easily chopped its way through the pine and a stack of green elm. It felt light in hand and delivering blows hard and fast wasn’t too difficult. After an hour of splitting, our arms weren’t ringing in pain like they were from a session with the X27.

There were a few elm logs that had fully seasoned and without any water content, they’d turned to granite. After some serious sweating and swinging, they were split. A larger maul would have made life easier for this job. 

Features

  • Plastic FiberComp handle is non-slip, durable, and lightweight.
  • Coated blade is corrosion and rust-resistant and less likely to get stuck in wood.
  • An easy-to-maintain edge that’s sharp.
  • Ergonomic handle with an antishock 3D surface to reduce jarring.
  • Hooked end to prevent the axe slipping out of hand.
  • Handy plastic sheath for blade protection and easy carrying.
  • Patented system that securely attaches the head and handle. 
  • Full lifetime warranty.
Features of a Fiskars X25 Splitting Axe

Parts of the Fiskars X27

The X27 is loaded with features that set it apart from the competition. Besides its vibrant color scheme, here’s some of what we like about this tool.

Axe Head

The head of the X25 weighs 4.03 pounds which makes up most of the axe’s 5.3 pound total weight. Although its weight isn’t significantly less than the X27, it’s much easier to wield.

Like all the Fiskars X-Series, it has a permanent molded head that is built to last. Even the intense impact of overstrike is unlikely to break off the head. Although the head is built strong, keep in mind its pole can’t be used for hammering.   

Holding the X25 showing a close up of the head
The axe head is made with hardened steel.

The head is crafted from hardened forged steel that will allow you to keep chopping wood for years to come. It also has an aggressive double-hardened cutting edge that makes easy work of tough wood, so long as it’s sharpened regularly.

Another feature we loved about the axe head was the anti-stick coating. During splitting, the blade doesn’t pinch or bind in the wood as much as other axes. The only issue is that the coating won’t offer long-term benefits. Wear and tear will wear off the non-stick layer.

Blade profile closeup of the Fiskars X25
The axe bit makes easy work of most wood types.

Axe handle

At 28” in length, the Fiskars X25 is a “Boys Axe” that can deliver a lot of force. It is the second longest axe handle in the range, designed to split medium and large logs.

Although its bright color scheme makes it hard to lose in the forest, the handle of the Fiskars X25 may not appeal to some traditional axe enthusiasts. You can’t please ’em all.

Besides its aesthetics, some won’t appreciate the materials used to make the haft. Because it’s not wood, you won’t be able to able to thin, sand, or varnish the handle.

A woman holding the Fiskars X25 Axe to demonstrate its length
A 28″ length is good for people medium to tall in height.

This length is a good size for most people of average height who don’t mind swinging something heavier than a hatchet. Those who find the X27 too cumbersome will find the X25 much easier to use.

Its handle is lighter and stronger than a regular wooden haft. The advanced FiberComp material is hollow which plays an important role in shock absorption.

A closeup of the hollow shaft of the X25
A hollow handle reduces vibration.

Bringing the axe down hard on the crotch of an oak tree won’t create as much jarring. That means you can keep working for longer without wrist pain.  

A flared knob at the end of the handle is useful for stopping the axe from flying out of your hands. We also noticed that after splashing water on the handle, its grip didn’t become slippery.

Those who like to hang their axe while it’s not in use will appreciate the lanyard hole at the end of the handle.  

Closeup of the Fiskars X25 knob.
The flared knob has a handy hole for storage.

Head cover

The X25 comes with a plastic cover that is easy to attach. This sheath protects the blade and stops people or animals from injuring themselves. It also has a useful handle that makes carrying the tool safe and easy.

Another benefit of the head cover is that it allows any water on the axe to easily escape. This will help extend the life of the axe by reducing the onset of rust.   

Strengths of a Fiskars X25

  • An excellent tool for splitting most types of wood.
  • A sleek, modern-looking axe that most will appreciate.
  • Comfortable to swing and low vibration on contact.
  • Made from durable materials that can take the impact.
  • Produced in Finland by a reputable 370 year old company.

Weaknesses of a Fiskars X25

  • Less power than a maul or larger axe like the X27.
  • May struggle to split extra tough, knotty wood.
  • Back of the axe’s head can’t be used for hammering.
  • Woodsmiths can’t make alterations and are limited with maintenance.
Vertical collage of the Fiskars X25

Commonly asked questions

How does the X25 splitting axe feel in hand?

While many axes have their weight more evenly distributed, the X25 contains most of its weight in the head. Although this takes a little adjustment, you’ll soon find it comfortable to use. Lifting the axe and bringing it down with explosive force is easier than most axe varieties.

Fiskars X25 vs. X27 – What’s the difference?

The X25 and X27 are essentially the same tools with the same features. However, the X25 is twelve inches shorter which makes it easier to swing for most people. The X27 has more power for tough jobs, but for frequent use, it’s best for taller people or experienced axe users.

How do I sharpen the X25?

The X25 blade can be sharpened like a regular axe using sandpaper, files, or an electric tool. Keep in mind that any sharpening will remove the coating which reduces binding. Fiskars offer a special sharpener that helps maintain the tool’s correct blade profile.

What is the best alternative to the Fiskars X25?

If you’re looking for an alternative then the Fiskars X17 or X21 splitting axes are shorter, easier to swing, and capable of splitting most logs you come across. For the bigger jobs, you may want to invest in the X27 or a splitting maul. Those looking for a different brand should try the Hultafors’ HY axe or the Husqvarna Splitting Axe.

Related reading: Fiskars X7 hatchet review.

Fiskars X25 Specifications

AttributeImperialMetric
Length28”72.3cm
Head weight4lb1.81kg
Total weight5.36lb2.43kg

Is Fiskars a trustworthy manufacturer?

Fiskars has been making tools since 1649 and has built a solid reputation for long-lasting products. Finland’s oldest private company forges its tools locally under strict quality guidelines.

Fiskars makes a wide range of products and is perhaps best known for its iconic orange scissors. They also own brands like Royal Doulton, Gerber, and Royal Albert.

Summing up

The Fiskars X25 Splitting Axe is an impressive axe that’s capable of most jobs you throw at it. Logs over 12” in diameter can often be split in a single blow thanks to an aggressive blade profile.

This axe is built to last, making it excellent value for money. Its PermaHead design means no more axe heads flying loose and the FiberComp handle is practically impossible to break.

What we liked the most about the X25 was how it feels in hand. Having already tested the X27, swinging the shorter X25 made a huge difference. It was a lot easier to deliver accurate strikes and overstrike wasn’t such a worry. Less weight also meant that hand strain was less of an issue.

The X25 won’t appeal to everyone, especially those with a load of gnarly, knotted wood needing splitting. It doesn’t have the extreme power that comes from full-size splitting axes and mauls. If you have the budget, consider using the X25 for most jobs and keep a bigger, heavy-hitting splitter for the toughest challenges.

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