The Roselli Hatchet is a modern multi-task tool. Besides functioning in the usual way as a chopping tool, the thick wedge shape of the blade makes it unusually efficient for splitting with minimal chance of the blade getting caught in the wood. The cut out in the blade, combined with the rounded form of the head behind the cutout, make it easy to get your hand behind the edge for shaving and carving. It can also be used to skin and dismember large game. The stout edge is better able to stand up to bone and cartilage than the usual thinner edge. I would expect this comes at some cost in chopping efficiency, but most users seem pleased with the performance. There is even a small hammer face on the back for pounding nails or tent pegs. The head of forged from carbon steel with a cutting edge of about 3 1/2". The birch wood handle is about 14" long and lightly treated with linseed oil. It's supplied with a stout leather belt sheath. The whole outfit is quite light with a sample weighing about 1 pound, 12 ounces including the sheath.