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The item arrived in great shape and came razor sharp. It shaved my arm right out of the box. The weight seemed a little light before use and it balanced quite well in the hand. The hickory handle was hafted perfectly and the grain was straight as an arrow, oriented the way it should be. In fact, I would consider the haft a super premium handle. The length of the haft appears short out of the box but after using it to cut saplings, I feel the length is perfect. The handle never got in the way trimming the finger sized saplings while clearing a path to my sons deer hunting tree stand. Grabbing the saplings a foot off the ground and choking up close to the axe head, it sliced through the saplings with no effort. There was no need to swing the axe to sever the saplings as the sharpness rivaled a good strong knife. We had high winds last week and as a result, I had a rather large willow limb on the ground in the yard. I grabbed the wilderness axe and thought I'd try it out on some larger limbs about the size of a large man's arm. Swinging the axe onto the willow limb was a surprise. I swung too hard and it blew right through the limb effortlessly. A lighter controlled swing sliced through with better results. With my limited exposure to this axe, I think it's a winner. I like the length, weight, sharpness, and the choice handle. I feel that the leather sheath could be more robust.
Steve J Drake13th November, 2018