Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
I put this thing through some abuse. I've spent several days throwing this axe into a 4by4 leaned against a tree, it flies true and penetrates the wood with ease. I didn't sharpen it at all during the abuse tests. Finally, when I decided I was done, I looked the axe over, she is solid, it remains sharp enough to chop wood. My thoughts afterwards, well I bought two more. I'm out of the Infantry now but if I was still in I would carry one on me, I would also give my team one each. What I'm getting at is I would trust this piece of equipment to get me through any and all close quarters fighting if my main gun was down, and I couldn't reload immediately due to the quickness of close fighting. So if you have a love for axes, this one will probably outlast the owner! Holds a sharp edge, and the spike is a good penetrator, it punches through things well, I'm half tempted to punch it through an old Kevlar helmet I have to see how she does, since really that's what the spike is for, punching through a helmet to stop the threat in front of you. Other than that the spike is not something you won't want to sharpen if you're not going to use it for fighting.