Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Today I received and returned a new 6lb. Council Flathead Fire Axe. The axe head itself was really nice, good high centerline (convex cheeks) and reasonably sharp and well-shaped right from the factory. And the handle was well-slimmed and had the feel of a vintage handle, but it was horribly warped. It had a comfortable swell. I could have put it work straight-away without mods if only the handle had been minimally usable. I think it would have been a fantastic splitter.