Since 1923 the Estwing family manufactures hammers and axes in Rockford, Illinois. The product lines which leave the facility there offer the best value money can buy. Typical characteristic for Estwing axes is that head and handle are forged in one piece. You simply cannot break them and they will last forever. Another distinct feature is the beautiful leather grip, which greatly isolates, provides a non-slip surface (even when wet) and gives utmost comfort. Estwing products are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. It is good that things like these are still available.