If you get a cheaper axe (and why not) get a decent file and diamond stone thingy (I got a 4 grade diamond in b and q, 200, 300,400,600 grit) take cheap axe and sharpen it. Do some Google work for 'old time' American woodsman info, that will give you some info on sharpening axes. It's best to choose an axe in person, check the grain and the attachment of the head. Read Mors on the subject, he has some good info. And most of all, have fun and don't forget the first aid kit.