The axe has been an effective tool for over a million years. The key to finding a good one now days is purchasing one from a company that focuses on quality over quantity. The Japanese Axe M from Snow Peak is designed and hand forged in Japan with a focus on quality. The solid maple handle and leather sheath finish of this great axe. The overall axe length is 15.5 inches and weighs in at 1.8 lbs.