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Hello from Canada. I have been using this axe for about 3 months and I like it quite a bit. The description is serious when it describes how the extra head weight helps get a lot of work done with less effort. I am constantly surprised by how well I can chop through logs, even fairly large ones about 12 inches in diameter. During a recent storm I cleared a tree off the road and couldn’t believe how quickly I chopped through the 10 inch butt. Two and even three inch branches were coming off with single swings. I looked like a pro even though I’m certainly not! I wish I could give 4.5 stars because my only complaint thus far has to do with the handle grip. I find it a little diminutive (too small) and often wish that it extended a little farther out in a more traditional fawn’s foot shape with a bit more flair as well. I feel that a little extra wood right at the end of the grip would make contact with the side/back edge of my palm and would mean I could grip slightly less tight without fear of losing control or losing my grip on the handle. As it stands now I find myself gripping pretty tight and this has led to hot spots and blisters in two spots on my hand. This only happens when I use the axe for long periods of time. Now, everyone is shaped slightly different and you may have no such problems, but for me it’s the only slight downside to this axe... that and the fact that it has a lanyard hole. It’s quite a large axe to use a lanyard with in my opinion and this hole makes for more potential hot spots on your hand when gripping it. I tried to fill the hole in with a Chicago screw with decent results. I just wish all these Gransfors Bruks axes would come without the hole and individual users could add them if desired. As you’ve read in many other reviews here, it comes extremely sharp, workmanship and materials are excellent, and the Woodlore customer service is exceptional (thank you Diana!). I was very pleased with all of this. It’s certainly not an inexpensive axe, but for me, with this being my only 'big' axe, and wanting a quality product that may last a lifetime, it was well worth it!
Dan17th October, 2019