I do forest restoration for a living. In my area, it's somewhat common for land owners to not want chainsaws running all day. For that reason, I had to find l a short, light axe suited for use while on my knees taking out understory invasive woody shrubs.
I spent a lot of time researching axes and GB still seems to be the best out there for the price. I also spent a lot of time looking through sellers trying to find one that was least likely to be selling Chinese knockoffs, which appears to be a major problem now. KMA imports was the seller I chose.
I was lucky enough to get one that's the real deal, though I agree with other reviewers that GB quality control has gone down considerably. My handle's grain isn't anywhere near parallel with the head and there's a dab of epoxy or glue visible at the top. The head has some blemishes near the bottom that look a little strange, though I don't think they will effect the axe's overall integrity. That all being said, It does cut spectacularly. I even sent the blade straight into the ground after an amateurish swing resulted in a glancing blow. It found a small rock to hit down there. Whereas "dale" (my old garage sale axe) would have probably had a giant ding in the edge, the GB only had some chalky residue on it and a slightly dull patch. All in all, I'm happy with the purchase, I just suspect the handle will give out sooner rather than later at the rate that I'm using it.
I recommend you do some soul searching before you buy this axe. There's a ton of hype and most people can get by with a hardware store axe. If you have to have this axe, try to find it at an authorized dealer where you can look through a selection and find the nicest handle. If the closest dealer is a 12 hour car ride away, find a seller you think you can trust and roll the dice.
If you're buying the axe to use occasionally or just to hang on your wall, the handle really doesn't matter that much anyway.