Top critical review
OK for very light use, edge needs extensive sharpening
11 December 2017
I use this little hatchet to chop and split wood from the wood pile into smaller pieces to fit inside the fireplace. It's all right, and has a reasonable heft, but you will need to spend some time sharpening the edge properly before you can use it at all. It has an absurdly convex bevel ground on it by default, and is about as useful to chop wood as a stick. I wasn't expecting it to be sharp enough to use straight out of the box, but the angle on the bevel is such that just sharpening at the same angle will not get you a useful edge. You have to actually remove quite a bit of steel to reshape the bevel before you can cut anything. This means you need a coarse file and a way to clamp the axe, or some equivalent (e.g., a bench grinder with a grinding wheel) handy.