It's perfectly aligned laterally and vertically with the oval handle, ensuring precision of cut and ease of use. Perfect for carving, timber framing, cutting branches, etc. The grain of the wood is also oriented for optimal durability while the ash's natural flexibility allows for better shock dampening than other handle materials. It's also lighter than other woods traditionally used for handles.This is a very sharp tool that has the potential to cause severe injuries if not used properly. However, in good hands, it is a sturdy and efficient cutting device that will give you decades of enjoyment. Don't hesitate and send me a message if you have any question or comment. Thanks for looking and happy shopping! The item "RAZOR SHARP vintage unmarked Kent pattern carving axe hatchet bushcraft woodwork" is in sale since Friday, February 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tools, Hardware & Locks\Tools\Carpentry, Woodworking\Axes, Hatchets". The seller is "boletus_trinity" and is located in Sainte-Julienne, QC. This item can be shipped to Canada, all countries in Europe, United States, Japan.