Fiskars X7 Review – How Good Is It?

Fiskars is a well-known brand based out of Finland that has been putting out consistent high quality products since 1649.  The Fiskars X7 14” hatchet is no exception. The Fiskars X7 combines top-notch engineering and lightweight materials to create a hatchet that’s a cut above the rest. If you short on time, here’s a quick summary of our review.

The Fiskars X7 hatchet is lightweight at only 1.4 lbs and virtually indestructible and comes lifetime warranty. The Fiskars X7 handle eliminates practically all the vibrations and shock from strikes. Our Fiskars X7 axe head came sharp out the box. The axe chops through oak with ease and chews through softwood like butter. If you need a hands down superior hatchet to take in your camping kit, bug out bag or backpack, we recommend the Fiskars X7 as one of our top picks.

We aim to be honest and accurate in our product reviews to help you make the best buying decision. We rated the Fiskars X7 based on effectiveness, durability, warranty, and overall value. The Fiskars X7 is a great axe that will last you a lifetime, and you can’t go wrong picking one up.

Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review

fiskars x7 hatchet

Effectiveness

Super sharp. Handle dampens vibrations and has great balance. Non-stick blade coating helps axe to cut deeper into logs.

Durability

Practically indestructible design with non-stick coating to prevent corrosion.

Warranty

Fiskars Lifetime Guarantee that covers damage to the axe and handle.

Overall Value

Practically indestructible, sharp, easy to use, backed by a lifetime guarantee and a great value.

Fiskars H7 Pros

  • Sharp edge chews through greenwood and hardwoods with ease
  • Practically indestructible
  • Comes with lifetime warranty
  • Lightweight at roughly 1.4 lbs
  • Great for anything that requires chopping, hacking, or clearing around the campsite
  • Composite handle dampens vibrations entirely to prevent hand and wrist pain
  • Well-balanced design makes the Fiskars X7 very easy and natural to swing
  • Non-stick coating protects against corrosion and helps axe chop better
  • Reverse side is great for hammering tent stakes
  • Includes unique hard-plastic mask with carry/tether handle on top

Fiskars H7 Cons

  • Even the best axes need occasional sharpening. Consider picking up an axe sharpener to keep the blade in top shape.

The Fiskars X7 is a masterpiece of materials engineering and design. We can honestly say that we believe this hatchet is indestructible. Fiskars believes so too, which is why they guarantee it with a lifetime warranty that will replace it if you somehow manage to break it. This hatchet is as durable as they come.

The axe head is molded into the handle to ensure that the two will never separate. The balance of the Fiskars X7 is excellent and makes fine chopping and large swings easy. During our field tests, our crew agreed that the hatchet felt more like an extension of the arm than a hand tool. The hatchet effortlessly chopped into softwood like butter. We chopped on hard oak branches with the Fiskars X7 and were pleasantly surprised when the hatchet took some pretty decent bites out of the oak and cleared branches with a few well-placed swings.

fiskars x7 hatchet in use

The edge of the Fiskars X7 axe is a fine thin edge that tapers into a large wide wedge that is perfect for splitting small logs. The Fiskars X7 performed great during our wood splitting tests. We had a nice pile of kindling in minutes since the Fiskars X7 popped logs into smaller pieces with ease. We tested the X7 with larger logs as well to see what this axe could handle. With some labor and patience, we successfully split a 7” diameter greenwood log. The axe shape was great at working splits into logs and popping them in two. If you find yourself frequently making kindling and clearing branches for your campfire, consider picking up a Fiskars X7 for your next outing.

The backside of the axe head also has several uses. The backside has a flat surface that is suitable for hammering. Whether you’re hammering down tent stakes or batoning your camping knife through a piece of wood, you can save yourself the need to carry a hammer with this hatchet.

The axe head also has a baked on non-stick coating that serves two purposes. The first purpose is to help the axe cut better. A non-stick coating reduces friction between wood and the axe head, allowing it to transfer more energy into the wood instead of bleeding energy into friction. This makes the axe cut deeper and gives more bite with the same amount of work.

The second purpose of the baked on coating is to prevent damage and corrosion. The Fiskars X7 non-stick coating protects the steel from scratches and nicks. The coating also protects the steel beneath from the elements and prevents rust from forming on the forged carbon steel underneath. There is no need to worry about the coating wearing over time, as the coating is baked on and therefore part of the steel. Baking the coating on chemically binds it to the steel underneath, protecting it for life. While the coating is a great touch to the axe head, the edge will still dull over time. Consider picking up an axe sharpener to touch up your blade in under 2 minutes and give it a razor sharp edge that will cut like-new.

Fiskars x7 hatchet in log closeup

The handle of the Fiskars X7 stands out as a clear winner over any other hatchet. The handle absorbs practically all the vibrations from chopping and striking. The interior of the handle has multiple layers of composite materials that are designed to absorb shock. This is great news for anyone who suffers from hand and wrist pain whenever they use a more conventional hickory handle or especially when using a hatchet with a metal hand like the Estwing Sportsman’s axe. The X7 has the best handle design of any hatchet on the market, hands down.

The handle of the X7 is just as durable as it is comfortable. Composite materials create a tool that is so strong, Fiskars claims it’s virtually indestructible. If you’ve ever had a missed blow with a wooden handle and splintered or broken the handle, you’ll appreciate the engineering that went into making the Fiskars X7 practically indestructible. You can use, abuse, and try to destroy this hatchet all you’d like, it won’t break. If you do somehow manage to break this hatchet, Fiskars warranties it for life with a lifetime guarantee.

We suspect that Fiskars also used the layers of composite materials to create a perfectly balanced tool through carefully designed weight distribution. The weight distribution makes this tool easy to use and feels like an extension of the arm. Chopping, hacking with the hatchet all feel very fluent and methodical. We give the Fiskars X7 high marks for handle design.

fiskars x7 hatchet with mask

The Fiskars X7 includes a unique hard plastic mask with a carrying handle on top. The hard plastic mask covers the blade and exterior of the axe head to protect it from damage in case it’s dropped or hit against a surface. The carrying handle on top can be tethered to a backpack, ATV or rucksack for easy carrying. If you prefer, you could even carry it by hand. The unique design of the mask protects the axe well and provides extra functionality that traditional hatchet masks lack.

Overall, the Fiskars X7 hatchet is a durable, lightweight and effective tool that has been engineered to be easy to use and sharp enough to take on the hardest of jobs. The lifetime warranty and indestructible design make it great choice for anyone looking for a new camping, backpacking or bushcraft hatchet. We’d recommend the Fiskars X7 to anyone who is looking for a high quality hatchet to add to their outdoors toolkit for a great price.​

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  • Ideal for chopping kindling and small- to medium-sized logs
  • Chops deeper with each swing to get more done faster
  • Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power, much like an aluminum baseball bat
  • Proprietary blade-grinding technique provides a sharper edge for better contact and cleaner cuts
  • Lifetime warranty

Fiskars X7 Video

Here is a great overview YouTube video from Fiskars that covers the X7:

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