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Choosing the Right Axe for the Right Job

by Teresa O'Connor

Whether it's chopping, kindling or splitting firewood for a campfire, there are times when an axe comes in handy. Ask yourself a few questions before deciding which Fiskars axe is best for you.

How to Choose an Axe
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1. Chopping or Splitting Wood?

Does the axe need to chop or split wood? Fiskars X-Series axes are available in a variety of sizes for accomplishing different chopping and splitting jobs quickly and safely.

Splitting wood means to cut a vertically positioned log with a single downward stroke of an axe. The Fiskars X-Series splitting axes allow the blades to penetrate deeper and disperse wood more efficiently. These splitting axes offer one-strike splits with each swing, so logs can be split with less time, effort and hand strain.

Chopping wood consists of cutting horizontal logs into segments with several sharp, downward strokes of an axe. The Fiskars chopping axes are designed to cut the wood fibers, rather than split them apart. These axe blades are able to bite three times deeper when chopping. This allows greater blade penetration on each swing, which makes it easier to chop more wood in less time.

2. What Size is Wood?

Consider what type of jobs will be needed. Does the axe need to split small logs? If so, then the Fiskars® X11 Splitting Axe is a great bet.

The small, but mighty axe is only 17 inches, but the tool offers power and speed for one-strike splits of small and even medium logs. The axe's convenient size makes it easy to carry along on camping or backpacking trips.

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Have medium or large-sized logs that need splitting?

Try the Fiskars® X25 Splitting Axe. The 28-inch axe has a power-to-weight ratio that increases the swing speed for more power, working a bit like an aluminum baseball bat.

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For the job of felling small trees, the Fiskars® X15 Chopping Axe is recommended. A low-friction blade coating helps prevent this axe head from getting stuck in the wood.

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Chopping smaller logs or kindling, on the other hand, is easy with the Fiskars® X7 Hatchet.

The 14-inch hatchet is a must-have tool on camping or hiking trips.

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3. What's the Quality?

Safety and quality should be a top concern when purchasing an axe. Fiskars® offers a lifetime warranty on its chopping and splitting axes. A protective sheath keeps the blade safely away from harm when not in use.

The Fiskars® X-Series axes are built for safe performance too.

The hardened forged steel blade stays sharp longer than traditional axes. The axes' shock-absorbing DuraFrame handle is lightweight, but stronger than steel. And the insert-molded PermaHead will not loosen, so it prevents overstrike breakage.

Although Fiskars® axes were built with safety in mind, always follow best safety practices when using any axe.

Doing your homework first will save you time and effort later. Now is the time to ask questions and find the right Fiskars® axes for your outdoor needs.