Ordered this Monday, Ragnar shipped it Tuesday and it got here today. This is smaller and lighter than I thought it would be. It is a couple of ounces over a pound altogether (at least on my scale) whereas my CRKT Woods Chogan is about 10 ounces heavier. The handle is an inch or so shorter than the Chogan too, and it is noticeably thinner. All this together concerned me, because that is actually lighter than my Schrade hatchet which isn't very good for chopping or splitting, despite having a nice head on it. I needn't have worried - the Schrade has a curved handle that is about one foot long. The much longer handle (18") of the "belt axe" makes a big difference when splitting a small half round of dry fir. I.E., the longer handle gives you more speed and leverage, which means more energy and momentum. The Schrade had a longer cutting edge, but the 3.5" of the "belt axe" does the job and puts the same weight on a smaller area, meaning it will and noticeably does, take a deeper bite, which is good for both chopping and splitting. The nice thing is that this is enough lighter that given how well it does, this will now be what I carry on my belt (or pack) instead of the Woods Chogan - once I make a sheath for it. I haven't thrown it yet, maybe it will throw as well or better than the Chogan - but that is really of little concern to me - I am not into throw t-hawks as a sport, and I most likely wouldn't throw at anybody as a defensive move either. It is sometimes fun to stick them in a big stump though. I am going to put some grip tape on the handle, but is isn't as slippery as the Chogan was with its lacquered/varnished handle before I sprayed that with Plasti-Dip - as the belt axe is a plain finish.