Pros: Handle Material, Balance, Weight, Head Material
Good quality for the money but needs some TLC to get it ready to work.
This is a well priced item with a quality head, and straight grain hardwood handle. Over all I really like it. However there is a caveat. This is true of all of the condor axes I have bought, this being my 4th. They DO NOT come work sharp. In fact they are dull as they come from the factory. The head does take a hair popping edge, but you got to sharpen it yourself before you can use it. My second complaint is about the handle. It is a strong straight grain wood, but it is raw, not protected from the elements. If it gets wet it will split and splinter and swell. This is easily remedied with a little linseed oil and a quick rub down of wax. But again that means you can not use it right away. Linseed oil takes about 4 or 5 days to dry, before you wax it. Just something to be aware of. It's going to take a little work and time to get this tool ready for work.