The Cold Steel Viking Axe is made of pure steel which makes it very powerful and strong. If you are looking for a very powerful axe which would help you do some serious work likr wood cutting in the wilderness, then this axe will do the job for you. Vikings were a adventurous group of people; they were very strong and their major tool was an axe. The Cold Steel Viking Axe truly serves it name because it is every bit as strong as the ancient Viking axes. It would be a very worthy addition in your tool shed.