Well I decided to give the bearded axe Bear very kindly sent me a little test out today. I split willow with no problems although the axe splits wood better when the wood is long ways rather than splitting it from the end. I also split some well seasoned cherry wood with the axe without any problems,this wood was 4" thick. Sharpened the end of some willow as you would making tent pegs or a basic spear. De-barked some willow and made a feather stick. The block of wood I was chopping on is Oak and the axe went through the wood I was chopping and into the block,there was no rolling of the cutting edge on the axe and at the Finnish It still held and edge. I think this axe is going to make for a very good camp axe. From what I have found out about this style of axe they were used for building long ships and Viking houses.