Don't know much about axes. Here in Central FL is not exactly logging country. I typically just pick up an axe and start chopping away. I have tried to learn more. As of a day ago, I didn't know what a poll was. Nevertheless, I just received this in. Handle wasn't coated with polymer, which is nice, but I put a light sanding on it and knocked off the warnings and branding. I coated it in its first dressing of BLO. The edge came with a pretty substantial bur, which I put a stone and steop on and quickly made it shaving sharp. The grain orientation is nice. It does look like the head has a poor fit on the shoulder. We'll see if it becomes a problem. It carries light, like a hatchet, but feels heavy when swinging. The flat edge looks like it will work great for planing. Overall this is the nicest axe I own. We'll see how it works out for light chopping and making things.