I've been impressed with this not-so-little axe. It's a great tool for most things.
The edge is thin enough to make it bite into wood well, but wide enough to drive the chunks out too. Strong enough of a wedge to make it a decent splitter too. The head seems on the lighter side for some axes this size. Maybe I'm just used to clunky garden center axes, but that's exactly why I wanted it. It's lighter than a huge head, which makes it less fatiguing to carry around, and it's right at that point where you can swing it hard and fast without feeling like you don't have full control. Great axe to take on a camp somewhere, albeit a tad on the large side. But I can't help but think that a large axe can do what a small axe can, but a small axe can't do what a large one can. That said, the handle is on the long side for some tasks, and will inevitably get in the way for carving, but that extra power on a swing is invaluable, and it is marketed as a felling axe after all. I'm probably just picking the wrong tool for the job, but out of the three axes I've got, one is a 2lb feller with an even longer handle, and the other is a small camp hatchet, so it's kind of fitting a 'jack of all trades, master of none' use case for me. I wouldn't have it any other way though.
The steel is great. I've got a hair shaving edge on mine, which is overkill on an axe, but it's more for the fun I get out of sharpening it than any other practical reason. It sharpens up really nicely, holds it well, and has been plenty durable. My one gripe would be that it's more uneven than a higher end axe would be, with a noticeably wider angle on the base of the beard than the rest of the axe. However, some flaws are to be expected of an axe at this kind of price range, and it doesn't impact performance at all from what I've noticed, so I'm not that bothered. No doubt it would be easily remedied with a bit of elbow grease and a coarse stone, but I'm happy to let it fade over time during sharpenings.
The handle is brilliant. Grain alignment is spot on, it really could not be better. It's very comfortable and ergonomic, and has a large hand swell at the end, which locks it into the hand nicely. It's fitted to the head perfectly, with no gaps at all, using a wooden wedge, with a circular metal edge driven in after. Looks, and indeed feels, very sturdy.
The handle comes unfinished, no awful lacquer or anything like that. Some may see this as a downside, but since I've got plenty of wood finishing options handy, I just wiped it over with a coat of boiled Linseed oil. It's done the trick perfectly, and really helps to keep water and mud out of the wood.
One downside to the handle is that it comes with a pretty ugly diagram printed on it reminding you not to use the poll to hit anything, or hit anything against it. I'm aware that this is practice considered somewhat abusive, but I think an axe should be able to take this abuse occasionally, so it's a shame that they warn against it in such an ugly and prominent way. A bit of sandpaper takes care of the printing, but it's a shame they can't stand behind their tools and let people abuse them a bit
All in all, it's a great axe for the money, especially if you're willing to put in a bit of your own work to make it that bit better. Get it, bit?
I'll go now...