If you follow my blog, or watch my videos, you already know my axe of choice is the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest axe, but its price and availability can be tough to swallow. Enter the Fiskars X series. While it’s 36″ long, shock-absorbing FiberComp® handle with hardened forged steel insert-molded head are perfect for long days of splitting endless cords, the X27 in this video may be overkill for your bug out bag. But its equally well constructed little brothers, the 23.5″ X15, the 17″ X11, or even smaller 14″ X7 will do the job nicely. In the rare case you do experience an issue, you will be happy to know the X series is backed by a lifetime warranty. So if you haven’t added the Fiskars to your shortlist, you may want to reconsider. If you have questions, please comment below or open a forum thread.