Here's the thing... I've been getting by with cheap hardware store axes for quite a while now. I'm tired of using crappy axes and being frustrated.
I really want a good quality axe. Something with a 26" handle around 2 pounds give or take, but I'm on a really tight budget.
I know... I know:
Save another $__ and buy a $____
That's not the issue. It's not that I can't afford a good axe. It's not that I'm really cheap either. I have a wife and 4 kids and I'm underemployed and living paycheck to paycheck. I figure that $50 is about all that my wife will let me spend on an axe. I have enough in the bank for a GB. But I would have to skimp on something else, and that would affect my family.
I'm not a gear junkie... most of my gear has served well for a long time. I much prefer to be using gear than shopping for gear. I hate shopping really. That's why I'm looking for opinions here. I also am not interested in restoring and hanging an axe head. I just don't have the tools and experience to do a good job and I would hate to ruin a good axe by hacking at it with a file and a grinder.
So, all of you axe guys.... What's the best value for $50 that won't leave me cussing at my axe or sleeping alone?