I bought this axe really to see how bad it was, but it surprised me. It's by no means a quality piece of gear, however it has its own niche in any outdoorsman's collection. Its a mean splitter, chops pretty well and weighs almost nothing. it would be fine for backpacking, but its best use, in my opinion, is to just leave in the truck. let it sit there and make an appearance when the need arises! for $14.00 its really not such a bad deal.