Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
A Mighty Axe!
Finally, an axe that's my size! I feared that the handle would be somewhat slender, but that fear was laid to rest as soon as I pulled it out of the box. Some dislike the varnish, but I find it both attractive and practical, as it provides a very slip resistant grip. As for the axe head, it gleams beautifully in the light and has a great weight to it. I have seen others complaining that the eye is too thick and adds unneccesary weight. I, on the other hand, see the potential devastation it could cause when used as a hammer. The very broad, graceful edge is sharp...for an axe at least. I can rub my fingers up and down the edge without so much as a scratch, but it's sharp enough to cleave through whatever is unfortunate enough to be in it's path. The points, however, are sharp enough to punch through plate armor...I mean, sheet metal with minimal effort. Assembly was fairly easy, even though mine came without instructions somehow. Once completed, I was in awe at how mighty this axe feels in my hands. My only complaint is, like many others have found, that the screw really detracts from the overall aesthetics and I found to be redundant. The tapered haft, once hammered in firmly, held well enough on its own. I would have preferred a steel or brass pin instead, but, for the price, this is easily forgiven. I plan to hide it with a leather cross strap anyway, so I can't complain. Overall, I am happy with my new axe and can't wait to test its might against some proper targets.