I bought my first Gransfors axe two days ago, a Wildlife Hatchet. I have always read and heard that Gransfors axes were of the best quality, much better than Wetterlings at the very least. However, this wasn't my experience. I bought the hatchet at a brick and mortar store. They had three in store. They were all forged by MM. I looked at all three and the first issue I found was that the heads were on crooked. If you sight along the handle, the line extending from the edge bisects the knob at about 1/3 of the thickness. Not that much, but both my Wetterlings Large Hunter's Axe and Husqvarna (Hults Bruk made) hatchet are perfectly straight. Since they were all off by about the same angle, I bought the one with the vertical grained handle. The two others were diagonally grained at about 45 degrees. The profile of my axe isn't 100% straight, either, it runs slightly off to one side. Again, both my Wetterlings and my Husqvarna have better symmetry. Also, one of the "ears" is noticably thinner than the other. The poll is wavy and looks like the raw forged surface was taken to a polishing wheel, leaving many little pits and depressions to collect dirt. The Wetterlings poll is ground smooth, while the Husqvarna poll is raw, but smooth and square. Finally, the metal wedge isn't flush - it sticks out a bit. The head is tight, though. The edge was very sharp, except for about a 1/2 long part at the top, where are burr could be felt on one side. It looks like it was simply ground on a belt grinder, with no honing or stropping done. Certainly, these issues could be considered minor and still result in a functional axe, but from GB's reputation, I expected more. I would rate the overall quality below Wetterlings. What are your experiences, specifically with the Wildlife Hatchet?