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Old 02-01-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Need a new axe, hatchet, or splitters?

For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, Coastal Farm and Ranch has the Fiskars 14" hatchet, 28" chopping axe and two different length splitters on sale. The Hatchet is $5 off and the axe is $8 off with the coupon, February Coupon Savings - Coastal
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:33 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up, larrie! Anyone have experience with these? I was just checking these out the other day at HD, along with a few Estwing models. The Fiskars looks like it might be a good choice.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:34 AM   #3
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I love my Fiskars axes. They are durable and they actually work really well. I have split well over 100 cords of wood with mine over the years for heating in my shop. They are pretty forgiving if you leave them outside in the elements.

I've read reviews of people that have said the handles are brittle when it's cold out but that has never been my experience... I prefer to split wood when it's cold out because the frozen wood splits so much better. I've used my axes for days in -25C weather and never had any issue with the handles.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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Fiskars makes some good stuff. I'm interested in their Mauls . I wish they made a mini-maul. I have a one-hand wedge splitter that is the best tool for splitting wood. It's not shaped like a standard wedge but rather a piece of triangle steel welded to a 10" fiberglass handle. I can't find who made this thing.
Not saying this is the best route but I rarely use an axe when dealing with firewood and the hand maul, a hatchet, and Sven saw has been a good combo for me. I do carry a Max Axe and use the rake more than anything.
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Anyone have experience with these?
just a word to the wise. the fiskars blades are no joke. a buddy of mine had one of these for a few years. he accidentally sunk it into his shin one night splitting the last piece of wood at his sons request to keep the fire going just a little longer. *there was zero alcohol involved*



he provided me stats when i requested the pic, lol.

Official axe damage stats:
8 interior stitches
21 exterior stitches
3 pieces of bone sheared off and removed
tibia fractured lengthwise top to bottom and across in 2 places

he has the pieces of bone that chipped off in a jar.

he told me he was going to walk really far into the woods and sink that axe into a tree and walk away from it forever.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:09 AM   #6
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he told me he was going to walk really far into the woods and sink that axe into a tree and walk away from it forever.
You really know how to make a sale!

I had put off buying a camp hatchet for the van all last summer simply due to my indecisiveness. Seems like all the reasons above are a good reason to buy it and forget it!
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lol, not trying to discourage sales by any means. just pointing out that these hatchets are the real deal and not something to screw around with. that said, they are not for me. i am good with a regular ole cheaply axe.
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Old 02-02-2016, 01:54 PM   #8
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I had a palm tree fall on my roof during a storm. I climbed on my roof with one of thee Fisk axes and it handled the job. my girlfriend was impressed.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:37 PM   #9
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lol, not trying to discourage sales by any means. just pointing out that these hatchets are the real deal and not something to screw around with. that said, they are not for me. i am good with a regular ole cheaply axe.
Well the photo shire makes me re think getting one. The problem is both my hatchet and splitting maul have broken handles. I can not find a replacement handle for the maul. Have not looked for a hatchet handle. Even if I bought no name ones it would still be possible to damage myself with them.
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*there was zero alcohol involved*

Well there sure as hell would be some alcohol involved after that shin sinker.


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