Gerber vs Fiskars Axe - Who Wins?

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Gerber 23.5-Inch Axe 

Fiskars X11 Axe

Gerber 23.5-Inch Axe

This Gerber axe enables a solid and easy swing, and its razor-sharp blade possesses superb edge retention. You will be able to chop up to 3 times more profound than the average axe, and this means you can work quicker and with less effort.

Splitting wood is a strain on the body, and we like to see Gerber have made the handle out of composite materials that are somewhat shock absorbent. Safety with any blade is paramount, and this comes with its sheath.
While this axe is not full handled, it’s no hatchet. The smaller size means it can be stored and transported more easily. The length of the handle still means you can swing over your head, and the blade will chop most wood.

This axe is super durable and stays sharp, even after months of hard use, so for those of you considering buying an axe for your annual hiking vacation, this is the ideal choice.

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Fiskars X11 Splitting Axe

The Fiskars have a whole range of axes under their X brand, and we tested and reviewed the X11. This is smaller than the Gerber model we tested but is still a powerful woodchopper.

Designed to be used in one hand only using this axe is less heavy than a traditional swing over shoulder type. Fiskars has put a lot of thought into the design, and this axe has excellent weight distribution, with most of it at the axe head.

This means you can swing much faster, and it gives you a much greater power-to-weight ratio, similar to that of an aluminum baseball bat. The blade is made from forged steel, is razor-sharp, and is designed to split small to medium-sized logs. The edge has an angle that disperses wood from the blade in one hit.

It’s so well made it’s almost impossible to break, but you have thoroughly covered it in any case, thanks to the lifetime warranty the axe comes with.

Yes, it’s not as powerful as their 36-inch axe, and it won’t tackle all logs, but that doesn’t matter to us. This axe is easily transported, easy to use, and very powerful for its size. It’s designed to be taken with you on your hiking adventures and used to split firewood for the long winters.

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Further reading: 9 Different Types of Axes – Which One Is Right For You?


There’s a lot to admire with both of these axes, and the features are almost identical. They both have design benefits that make splitting wood more effortless, and their handles are ergonomically designed to reduce vibrations.

However, the Fiskars axe wins. It has a better-designed head that won’t break free from the handle – kind of important – and is lighter so it can be used one-handed. It has an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, is lightweight, and can be used by men and women of all sizes and statures.

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