This Spike Pole Ax was patterned from an original ax in an Ohio Museum. The ax is cast with 4140 steel and will hold a good edge. There are examples of this type of ax shown in some historical books and probably dates from the last quarter of the 18th century or early 19th century. I have shown a close up photo of the ax head to show you the small pits in the ax head. The ax was really not made for chopping wood, but most likely as a weapon. The overall length of the handle is 19", the ax head measures 8 1/4" long with the cutting edge measuring at 3". The spike measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/4". Also the cutting edge is not sharp and will need to be sharpened by the customer. There is not many reproduction ax's made to look like this one. What makes this ax different is it looks like it has been used for many years. This would make a good display ax or for re-enactors wanting to enhance there persona. I also want to be clear that this ax is a reproduction and not an original. This Ax is made here in the U.S.A.