This is a tough axe with great balance. The 4-1/2″ laminated steel blade has a “bearded” shape, which brings the center of gravity closer to your hand. The high-carbon edge is sandwiched between thick layers of softer steel that give the super-sharp edge great strength. It will be particularly good for splitting kindling. Japanese tools frequently look different, but those that try them inevitably find them wonderful to use. Overall length: 13″.