Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
The Liam Hoffman Belt Axe is the Perfect Outdoor Companion
When I first purchased this axe I wondered how it would compare with my very capable GB Wildlife Hatchet. I was amazed at the product from the moment I opened the box. The details including, but no limited to a walnut wedge, perfectly executed chamfered lanyard hole, dressing both ends of the perfectly straight grained handle with a smooth bevel, the dressing of the poll and the amazing quality of the sheath jump right out at you. The cutting edge out of the box was also as sharp as any 3/32 knife I've ever purchased. Once I got home I did a 2 hour side by side comparison with the GB with astonishing results. When striking with either the edge or poll side of the axe, the contoured handle always puts the head angle in a perfect "handshake" position upon impact giving maximum control and accuracy and zero vibration. While the edge geometry is a little larger than the GB I found the LH to be a much better slicer as well. Partly in part to the perfectly executed grind and secondly to the attention paid to sharpening the tool. I then hammered multiple stakes I made from wood and even larger steel anchor spikes and the poll drove them home like using a 1.5 lb hammer. After finishing, I ran the poll end over a strop and the satin finish came right back. the edge cold still shave arm hair after testing. The GB website says DO NOT strike your poll on metal, not an issue with the LH products. Overall, I love this axe and plan to have many more in the future. This is a product that you 150% get what you paid for and then some. I also like the fact that Liam controls every aspect of the build and each axe and knife of his is 100% American.