The good; the handle was very comfortable in full chopping motion and for choking up on the head for finer work and about midway grip for carving. So comfortwise I was very happy. The steel held up pretty good. After the tasks I did below I really swung it hard into some well seasoned wood and no damage at all. The steel held up great.
Now for the bad; I didn't get the edge thinned quite enough. The feather sticks and curls weren't as good as I was hoping for but that's just 15 minutes or so with a file and I think I can have it performing those tasks well too. I thinned out the bit some before using it but i like to do this in moderation. You don't want it too thin so I like thinning and checking it's performance so it's thinned just enough to where I like it.
Overall though I liked it and after a little more filing I think it will be as good as anything on the market today
Well here's the pics for you axe folk
first was felling a dead tree that was around 4" wide
finally down, this felt like it took forever compared to the boy's axe I've been using a lot lately. But it was biting good and deep.
Next up was some more chopping on the tree I felled, I bucked a log out of it and it did pretty well. Better than I thought it would actually. I forget to take a picture of the split log but it did fine in this role for a hatchet.
Next were trying out some curls and feather sticks. The bit needs to be thinned out a little more for this to be done well. I managed some but it felt like a chore
Well that was about it. I gave it a run through the tasks I will be doing with it. It'll be a great user for me when I don't need an axe.
thanks for looking