Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Awesome tool, so/so sheath.
This is a VERY nice 3/4 axe. Wetterlings puts out a great product and its just awesome. The hickory handle for this axe came finely sanded but not finished with any oils, and has both a wooden and straight metal wedge. I am 5'8" and find this axe to be just a bit too big to be used effectively and safely with one hand but very nice for two handed chopping and splitting. The edge it came with would shave some arm hair and miss about half of it, but was easily brought to a knife-sharp edge. It balances very well just under the head if you do need to "choke up" on the handle to carve and feels solidly built in any position. The head is well hung and has a pattern well suited as an "allround" pattern axe. For backpacking this may be a size big to comfortably carry due to weight concerns. Something like the foresters fine axe may better suit a backpacker's needs.The sheath this axe came with is fairly thin and flimsy leather (compared to my council tool velvicut sheath or a condor sheath) and has stretched out the past two weeks to the point where i can take the sheath off without unsnapping it... not good, but the axe is so great I'll give it 5 stars and make a cover.