I loved the way this axe is made - It's very sturdy and lethal. But I bought it intending to customize it. First, I took off the spiked pommel and replace it with a steel sword pommel. Then I peeled off the handle covering and replaced it with leather and upholstery nails. I then glued three small skulls on the handle above the leather, stained it with "Autumn glow" wood stain (a beautiful brown color) and wrapped a section of faux fur below the axe head. I then gave it an aged patina using mustard (you can find this on the 'net). It looks much better now, more like an ancient battle axe. It's my favorite "medieval" weapon!
This is a very substantial, cool-looking Fantasy axe. I have read previous revues that blasted it as cheap and flimsy, but that is not what I found. Everything is well put-together, sturdy, and well-finished. One does have to take care that the wickedly spiked ball at the bottom of the handle does not rip your wrist up as you wield it. The wide blade is sharp, as is the spike on the back. I do not know if it would stop a dragon, but it would certainly make a man change direction if he saw it coming at him. I like it! ERSJR, Hanover, Virginia
I have bought several pieces from MR over the years. All have been either very good or extremely good. This axe is the most disappointing item I have ever gotten from MR. After waiting two months without explanation from MR, this axe arrived yesterday. When I got it out of the box and began carefully unwrapping it, the spiked ball fell off. Upon examination, it was lightly glued in place. Looking at the axe head, the back spike was off center and the head had multiple sanding/grind marks making it look like an rushed piece. The handle has a crappy naugahyde wrap that looks cheap and feels worse. Finally, where the axe head mounts on the handle, it is not blended as a nice smooth surface, but rather a metal head banged on a cheap shaft. I will be returning this by the weekend and seriously considering if MR has taken a turn for the worse.
Just received a pair of this most beautiful and deadly weapon! Except for the addition of the spiked mace pommel, this item is very similar to the Dalcassian axe wielded by the 11th century Irish warriors. Such as Turlogh O'Brien--another fictional character created by Robert E. Howard. Also this axe would have been loved by Gimli son of Gloin and many another Dwarven Hero.