Okay everyone, let me just preface this by saying I'm not bashing on ultralight backpacking, I actually generally pack as close to ultralight as possible, I just don't like to skimp on tools (quite frankly I just enjoy bringing tools on trips because they're just fun). Also, I put this here because I bring it backpacking alot and figured backpackers may have an Idea what I'm talking about; If any moderator thinks it would be better in another forum, please don't hesitate to move it! Well if you can't already tell I like axes. I used to bring my tomahawk everywhere weather camping or hiking, but I just felt too under gunned at times. I slowly made the switch to hatchets and I enjoyed the extra heft, but it still wasn't enough. I carried the fiskars chopping axe for a while and it worked great but I just hated the balance and how awkward it was. Well I recently purchased the husqvarna carpenters axe and my world was changed. A minute on the belt sander and a few minutes of fine tuning and this axe is a true monster. It chops like all hell, and it splits wood way better than expected. I've brought it backpacking and it is awesome to have but no matter how much I've fallen for it, I just cant escape the feeling that something is off with it. I think that the problem is in the fine tasks. I fully understand that I am using an axe and it will never be as good as a knife for fine tasks, but I think it may be turning me off a bit. It carves great and splits kindling down just fine, but there's just something that bugs me. I'm going to carve down the handle under the head for a better fit in hand but I am not sure that it is going to work like I think. So here is my question: What techniques for using a larger axe will change my mind on the husqvarna, or what can I do about that feeling. I have also caught the axe bug and I feel that it is going to be my next money blower. Outside of the GB small forest axe, what would anyone suggest for another good backpacking and bushcraft axe? I'd like to have a handle about the same size (19"-22''), and a head weight about 1.25 up to 2.25, preferably around 1.8lbs. Thanks for sticking around through my ramble and I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts!