I've used this to clear trees from my yard. The axe held up quite well, so I imagine it would work well against whatever you may have occasion to swing at. After two trees, I notice the head was getting just a little bit wobbly. I wasn't giving it any mercy, though, and I don't reckon this hand axe was made for that kind of abuse, so all in all, 4 stars.
I received this weapon as a Valentine's present from my Best Beloved. Okay, nothing says I love you like a hand axe... I researched Norse culture for the last 25 years and your products have always pleased me.
The axe's shape is lovely, (really, very lovely!). The handle, however, is at best okay. I would have prefered a harder maple handle than some Indian wood that will split when thrown or and make me have to pop a steel pin out to replace it. The top of the axe, towards the very top of the upper curve is bent. How this got through your Quality Control, I do not know. It's not enough to affect her, but enough to be seen and I didn't feel like spoiling my Darling's pleasure by sending her back.
I wish you would have offered a sharpening service with this axe as well. I certainly would have paid the extra 15$ to have it done but I know good men who'll do it for me and will do it properly. There were also fingermarks all over the axe-blade. Considering in the past my Father purchased many of your Viking-era swords from your company -- they're hanging in my dining room and him and I fought with them -- I'm quite concerned to which the quality of your work has fallen. I regret having to say that. -- Mrs. Wendy Mathison -- firstname.lastname@example.org