Fiskars X7 Review

Fiskars X7 Review – An Affordable Axe for Everyone

Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review

The Fiskars X7 features a traditional hatchet design and it’s small size make it suitable for carrying inside or outside of a backpack.

The Fiskars X7 is a great hatchet for anyone looking for an inexpensive, yet capable hatchet for camping, hiking or any other outdoor activity.

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With its modern materials and construction, the is light and durable on top of being inexpensive!


Fiskars X7 Hatchet

8.3

Head

8.5/10

Handle

8.0/10

Overall Feel

8.5/10

Pros

  • Strong synthetic handle.
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Comes with a decent edge from the factory.
  • Cost!

Cons

  • No way to replace the handle.
  • Inferior steel to more expensive axes.

Who Should be Interested in the Fiskars X7?

Anyone in need of an inexpensive hatchet that functions well should be interested in the Fiskars X7. The it is capable of filling any role that you need a hatchet to fill but it excels in processing small logs and limbs.

Check out our article The Survival Axe – The Piece of Gear You May Have Overlooked for more of our ideas on uses for the survival axe.

Features

The Fiskars X7 Hatchet comes in at 1.41 pounds overall. The total length is 14″ and the cutting edge is 2.75″.

The head of the hatchet is made of a high carbon steel that is easy to sharpen.

The synthetic handle wraps around the head holding it in place securely. It is not a full tang but the head does extend slightly into the handle.

The handle ends with a rubberized, non-slip coating, a flared front side to help stop slipping and a lanyard hole.

Finally, the plastic cover provided does its job well fitting securely and protecting the blade without adding much weight. (There are several versions of this cover. All of the ones that I’ve seen look like they would work well. Some have belt loops, some have no handle or loops at all.)

Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review

Pros

The Fiskars X7 is really inexpensive but it still functions great! This makes it easy to recommend to almost anyone.

If you look around a little, you’ll notice that it’s pretty hard to find anyone recommending any axes besides the X7 hatchet at this price point. That’s because you can’t really get a better hatchet for less than $100 more than this little guy.

In testing, it made short work of smaller logs and trees. Even cutting through a 7″ log only took me a few mins.

The synthetic handle is supposedly stronger than steel, I don’t know that I believe that but it feels very strong and didn’t seem like it would break. It also seemed to absorb a large amount of vibration.

Fiskars X7 - A great axe for everyone!

Cons

When you’re dealing with inexpensive tools, there’s normally some cost-cutting that has to be done. This comes in the steel used in the axe head. It’s a little softer than more expensive hatchets so it doesn’t hold an edge as long as blades made of harder steel. This didn’t really bother me too much in testing as it’s still very easy to bring the edge back.

The biggest con for me is the molded handle around the head of the hatchet. I like a traditional wooden handle so you can replace the handle if it breaks out in the middle of nowhere. With this handle, the Fiskars X7 is basically trash if it breaks.

Fiskars claims a “Lifetime Warranty”. Further research says this warranty “does not cover sharpening, normal wear, and tear, environmental factors, accidental damage, misuse, industrial/commercial use.” So they will replace any product with manufacturing defects, but if you break it, you’re buying a new one. With the low cost of the Fiskars X7, this isn’t all that bad.

Conclusion

The Fiskars X7 Hatchet is a great piece of gear for the price. (You can but 5 or 6 of these for the price of a Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet.)

With that in mind, I highly recommend the Fiskars X7 if you’re just going to use it a couple times a year or if you have a bunch of kits that you want to put a hatchet in. Buy 4 or 5 and put one in with your camping gear, one in a bug out bag, one in the trunk, etc.

In the end, it’s very hard to find a hatchet that’s more recommended than this one. That’s because it’s so hard to not fall in love with it after you’ve taken a little time to warm up to this modern take on a hatchet.

Did you find this Fiskars X7 review helpful? Let us know in the comments section.

The Fiskars X7 is simply one of the best bang-for-the-buck hatchets out there. You can’t go wrong by adding one to your loadout!

1 thought on “Fiskars X7 Review – An Affordable Axe for Everyone”

  1. Great review. I disagree, just slightly, and only on one point. I’m OCD, so…. trust me… lol…. I’ve thought LONG and hard about this… hehe.

    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS choose fiberglass over wood for axe/hatchet handle. Yes, if…. IF…. you manage to break it, the FIBERGLASS can’t be replaced. But, who says you have to replace a broken handle with fiberglass?

    Think about it: let’s say I have two axes/hatchets, absolutely identical in every way, but one has a wooden handle, the other a fiberglass handle. Do you realize how many overstrikes and full force impacts a fiberglass handle can take before breaking?

    Me either…. because I’ve never seen it happen. I did see a guy smash a fiberglass axe handle (purposely) repeatedly into a tree over 30 times before giving up…. the tree took a bit of damage, but the axe?

    A SCUFF, NIT EVEN SCRATCHED

    Now, try that with a wooden handle. If you get more than 3 strikes in before it snaps like a toothpick, I’ll eat my Fiskars.

    But, as you said, if the wooden handle breaks, you can replace it. LOL… good luck with that. I go out into the Wild, thru-hikes, cross country, put mupysekf in situations where, I very likely will be in a physically demanding and potentially sketchy circumstances. If a wooden handle breaks, DEEP INTO THE WILD, how long do you think it will take, not just to shove a stick through the head, but replace the handle, at least good enough to get me through a day or two, without fear of the head flying off, or just dropping onto me head while chopping?

    Spoiler: Formthe next two days, MINIMUM, I have no axe/hatchet. And, in a potential survival situation…. not good, brother.

    And, a fiberglass handle? The ONLY down side, if one breaks (again, I’ve never seen that happen) is removing all the bits of fiberglass from the head. Personally, I prefer the fiberglass handles that most people people seem to object to the most…. the ones that wrap around the axe head, versus going through it, like a traditional wooden axe handle does.

    Why?

    Simple: if you choose a fiberglass handle, and, BY SOME INSANE FREAK CIRCUMSTANCE, you manage to break it, then, like a wooden handles axe/hatchet, you could look for suitable wood, make sure it’s properlly dried, etc., and replace the fiberglass handle with available wood, same as you would a traditional wooden handled axe/hatchet.

    But, you know how I feel about that… LOL.

    But, if the fiberglass wraps around the axe head, well….. ever seen those super primitive axes that our ancestors used LONG LONG AGO, while we humans were still living in caves and being all nomadic? You, know, a stone, later copper, later still iron…. the heads were very basic, simple, and the handle was attached, not by drilling a hole through the axe head (all but impossible back then) but by attaching the handle, half on one’s side of the head, other half on the opposite side, and lashing it all together with durable cordage, which today, would be even stronger that our primitive ancestors could have ever dreamt of.

    Total repair time: to be safe, but usable? Couple hours, maybe. So, you could be back cutting almost immediately, and, over the next few nights, gather a more suitable, well-seasoned wood (or dry some near a fire), spend the evenings working on it, and after a couple of nights, BAM… super rugged, primitive axe/hatchet.

    But…. that’s never going to happen, or be a concern.

    Why?

    Because you ain’t breakin’ that fiberglass handle! LOL…. 🤙

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