Everyone, at one time or another, needs a good axe, and while I'm no expert, I have a certain working knowledge of axes, sledges, and mauls. Last month I was looking for my axe and was embarrassed to realize that it had gotten away from me. Couldn't find it anywhere, so on my next trip to Lowe's I picked up a True Temper felling axe, a standard 3.5 lb axe with a 36"fiberglass handle.
This morning, I was browsing through the local hardware store and saw another axe that caught my eye. Back in the day, we called it a half-axe. Nowadays they're called a boy's axe, but it's the same tool. Lighter at 2.25 lbs, it has a 28 inch handle, and is very handy for chores that don't require a full axe. Of course, I walked into the store looking for a ball of string and came out with an axe. A good hardware store is like that. This particular example is made by Collins.
I don't live in the woods any more, but it helps to have an axe around the homestead. Like spoons, one is never enough, and to have a couple in varying sizes is handy indeed.