I've enjoyed this thread much despite a feeling that the baby was in danger of being thrown out with the bath water a few times . My son rec'd his long handled CT HB for Christmas and has been very pleased with it, as have i, during limited testing. Even with 2# head and 26" handle, it feels much different from a boys axe, definitely more hatchetesque, which may not be a word. He will be using it for helping me limb, as a camp axe, and it will probably look good at a rendezvous or two as well. I think it fits this role well and is perfectly sized for him now and will continue to be useful when inherits my bigger axes. I can see the head being very useful for camp type chores in particular, eg sharpening poles or shaving off chunks. The head did not fly off on the first swing, though of course we'll be watching for trouble... Anyway, I think it is not a perfect design, but is more than worthy if used with a regard to its limitations!