- Jan 6, 2009
Just got my new wetterlings 19" hunters axe for Christmas. Couldn't be happier. As far as the handle goes the fit and finish are great. Feels smooth to the hands but not too smooth as to be slippery. The grain on the handle is excellent as well. The head is the only place that needed a little work. The poll is flat and fairly well polished but as to the sharpness.... Well it is 100 times better than a hardware store axe however not up to my standards. I have since taken it back to a zero grind convex that is shaving sharp at 220 and 400 grit. I will work it up to 2000 and then strop. As to the hardness well i can say for sure it is what they claim for RC because it is taking some time to sharpen by hand. As to the neck protection i am torn between a leather wrap or just 550 cord. The "sheath" or more of a guard is ok. I plan on making a new full sheath with a firesteel loop and a few other goodies. Pics to follow with those items. But overall If i had it either way between a GB or wetterlings I would still pick the Wetterlings and just use a little TLC and make my own mark on it and then use the other $60 i saved for other goodies.