The Fiskars X27 Splitting Axe is the biggest option in the X-Series, geared towards bigger jobs. Whether you’re splitting big stumps or have a lot of logs to chop into firewood, this could be the axe for you. But how does the tool perform at its job? Is it worth the premium price tag or are you throwing money down the drain?
In this article we’ll review the Fiskars X27, taking a close look at its features, pros, and cons. You’ll get valuable insight into how it performs and whether it’s got a place in your tool collection.
Is the Fiskars X27 worth the money?
The Fiskars X27 is a solidly built axe that’ll take a lot of punishment without breaking. At 36” long, the contoured FiberComp handle is durable and offers massive leverage. When you combine an axe of this size with a sharp blade, it delivers massive splitting power. The X27 can effectively crash its way through large logs and stubborn knotted wood.
The X27 is best for taller people or experienced axe users who need a lot of power for bigger logs. Its long handle won’t appeal to everyone and for most everyday wood splitting, it’ll be overkill. The Fiskars X25, 21, or even 17 are lighter axes that are easier to swing and cost less.
You’ll find the X27 is incredible value for money. It’ll do a similar job as a high-end Swedish axe at a much lower price point. It may not have the same stylish looks as a classic wooden-handled Hults Bruk, but if you can look past that, we think you’ll be impressed.
Quick points about the X27 you need to know
- The X27 is best used for logs over twelve inches in diameter that smaller axes struggle to split.
- The handle is an extensive 36” in length, so short-medium height users may struggle to swing it.
- At over six pounds in weight this axe is heavy; it’s overkill for smaller everyday jobs around the house.
- If budget allows, owning a shorter splitting axe as well as the X27 for tougher jobs makes sense.
How does the Fiskars X27 perform?
The most important question to ask when looking for a splitting axe is “how easily can I split wood”? We tested the X27 axe out on a range of wood types to see how it performed. It quickly became obvious that this axe will make easy work of softwood like cedar and pine. Delivering the full power of this axe on softer wood will be like a knife through butter. It almost feels like you have an unfair advantage! But keep in mind your arms will feel it the next day if you use this tool for a prolonged period.
In most cases, large hardwood logs are no match for the power of the X27. When swung correctly, oak and beech are easy to split. Of course, no axe is perfect. Twisted, gnarly hardwood will still take multiple blows to break it up. For the heavy lifting, we’d still recommend having a maul on hand. Check out our review of the Fiskars Pro IsoCore Maul to see how it performs.
While the X27 is feature-packed, we think these are the best features of this tool.
- Tough and lightweight handle that is virtually unbreakable.
- 36” long handle delivers incredible splitting power.
- Coated blade helps stop it from getting stuck in wood.
- PermaHead design keeps the head from coming off the handle, reducing repair costs and increasing safety.
- Easy carry handle on the head cover.
- Sharp-edged blade that is easy to maintain.
- Full lifetime warranty
Parts of the Fiskars X27
The head of the X27 weighs in at 4 pounds. When you combine the 2.3-pound handle, its total weight of 6.3 pounds makes it one of the heaviest splitting axes on the market.
Thanks to a permanent molded head, it is tough and won’t break off, even when put under extreme force from overstrike. We tried to find evidence of other users that’d had breakage issues but they were few and far between.
Hardened forged steel is used to craft the head so it will serve you for many years. The double-hardened cutting edge isn’t as hard as its main competitor Gransfors Bruks. But it will consistently chop its way through tough wood, so long as the bit is maintained. You may want to invest in the Fiskars Axe and Knife Sharpener. It is purpose-built for the aggressive wedge profile of any axe in the X Series.
The head’s coating is a handy feature that anyone will appreciate if they’ve ever got their axe stuck in wood. This outer layer reduces friction, lessening the chance of pinching or binding. Within a few months of solid use, it’ll wear off, this you won’t get a long-term benefit from this coating.
The only minor complaint we had about the X27’s head was that the pole can’t be used for hammering. This is a helpful feature of mauls that we missed when using this axe.
The X27’s handle is made from FiberComp, an innovative material that’s super-strong but also much lighter than wood. Its ergonomic hollow design makes it much more shock-absorbent than regular handles.
You can bring down the axe head with immense force, thanks to a shaft that’s an impressive 36” in length. This is the longest in the X-Series and provides the benefit of leverage – you’ll deliver a faster blow that has greater impact.
At the end of the handle, you’ll find a flared knob which is useful for keeping the axe from flying out of your hands. For an axe of this size, it’s a necessary feature. You’ll also find a lanyard hole at the end for easy hanging when in storage.
Old-school lovers of wooden hafts may not gravitate towards the Fiskars range of axes. We agree it’s hard to beat the aesthetics of a hickory handle but couldn’t argue with the performance of FiberComp.
The DIY types who like to replace damaged handles or thin down the haft, obviously won’t be able to with a Fiskars axe. If that’s a deal-breaker then an axe from the Gransfors Bruks or Husqvarna range may be a better option.
The Fiskars X27 comes with an orange plastic cover that protects the blade when not in use. It may not look as good as a leather sheath, but it’s extremely robust and at least moisture can easily escape, reducing the onset of rust.
The protective cover has a handle at the top, making it easier to carry the axe. It’s also good for hanging your axe when the job’s over. The cover is bright orange and is easy to spot when you’re out in the forest.
- One of the best axes for splitting wood
- Well suited to tall users
- Long handle delivers immense power
- Excellent value for money
- Hollow handle reduces vibration and increases comfort
- Doesn’t quite have the power of a maul
- Can be difficult to wield, especially for shorter people
- Traditionalists may not like its design and appearance
- Can’t use the back of the head for hammering
Commonly asked questions
How does the X27 splitting axe feel in hand?
The Fiskars X27 will take a little getting used to if you’ve previously used another axe. Its hollow handle is light compared to a solid wooden one, and this messes with the weight distribution. While a regular axe has the weight more evenly distributed, the X27 is top-heavy. Although it’s roughly the weight of a small maul, it’s easier to lift and bring down hard on the wood you’re trying to split.
Fiskars X27 vs. Super Splitting Axe – What’s the difference?
The Fiskars X27 and Super Splitting Axe are essentially the same tools that have identical heads. The only differences are that the handle of the X27 has a material that absorbs vibration better. The Super Splitting Axe is a little cheaper and doesn’t have a handle that’s partially colored orange.
How do I sharpen the X27?
You can easily sharpen an axe like the Fiskars X27 using a file or sandpaper. The manufacturer also sells a purpose-built sharpener that maintains the ideal blade profile for the X-Series range.
What is the best alternative to the Fiskars X27?
If you need a splitting axe and find the X27 too big, we recommend testing out the X25, X21, or you can check out our X17 splitting axe review. They are shorter, easier to swing, and capable of splitting most logs you come across. For the bigger jobs, you may want to keep a splitting maul on hand. Be sure to check out our review of the X25 splitting axe here.
Fiskars X27 Quick Summary
Is Fiskars a trustworthy manufacturer?
Fiskars has been making tools since 1649 and has built a solid reputation for long-lasting products. As Finland’s oldest private company, their axes are still forged in Finland under strict quality guidelines.
Fiskars makes a wide range of products and is perhaps best known for their iconic orange scissors. They also own brands like Royal Doulton, Gerber, and Royal Albert.
The Fiskars X27 is well worth your money if you’re looking for a no-nonsense powerhouse axe. It’s super-effective at splitting large logs that many other axes would struggle to deal with.
Make no mistake, you get great value for money with the X27. It holds its own against premium axes and mauls that cost north of $200. The combination of FiberComp handle and PermaHead design means you’ll get many years of work out of this tool. If not, there’s a warranty that lasts a lifetime.
The Fiskars X27 won’t appeal to everyone. It’s a massive tool that is best for tall people or anyone experienced using an axe that’s of medium build. Others will do well to downsize to an X25 which has the same design but is 8” shorter and much easier to use.