However, we were out running errands today when we decided to stop in at Canadian Tire to look at axes. Although we have a heavy splitting maul/sledge, I was hoping to get a decent wood handled splitting axe. Wood-handled so I can shave it down to fit my smaller hands.
However, we came across two bargains. CT has clearanced out many of their seasonal items, including all of their Fiskars tools. Although the axe handles are fibre-comp, the diameter and shape fit my hand quite well - it is much smaller than a typical hickory handle. I had done a bit of research on axes by watching a few YouTube videos and reading online reviews. The Fiskars came very highly rated for chopping design, weight, durability and cost - Amazon rated the axe at a 5-star, even after 230 reviews.
Upon discovering the sale, and handling each model the only decision was handle length - the 28" or the 36". Both felt comfortable and well-balanced. I chose the 28" owing to my shorter stature.
Happy early birthday to me!