When people say this axe is sharp, they really do mean sharp! The quality of this axe is outstanding, and it comes with a 20 year guarantee. It is comfortable to hold and light and easy to use. Because it is so sharp, this makes any job you do with this axe quite effortless, and it's a joy to use. Is it worth the price tag? Absolutely! You pay for what you get, and yes, there are cheaper axes around, but having originally bought a cheaper axe that does not cut the mustard, they are a false economy. This axe is easy to sharpen up back to being razor sharp again, unlike my cheap axe which never got anywhere near as sharp as the Gransfors axe.