I bought a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest axe last year. Can't speak highly enough about the quality, balance, and craftsmanship of these axes. Many models to choose from to suit any need. They are handmade in Sweden and have been around for a long, long, time. The initials of the crafstman are stamped on the side. In case anyone is looking for a high quality axe or hatchet, I just thought I would pass this info on. I was up in Maine the other day at the LL Bean headquarters. I found another Gransfors Bruks axe. This time, a slightly larger model called the Scandanavian Forest Axe. This is why it was on my mind I guess. Winter is a good time for frivolous purchases You would have to hold one of these in your hands to appreciate them. Below is some info in case anyone is interested.