Just ordered a Minuet Man and 2 spair handles. I talked my self in to and out of a spike several times. Maybe next time. Don't see needing the Poll enough to add the weight and really like the looks of the M.Man. I own several cast head Hawks, (CS., BH.), that I mostly throw, 2 I forged my self and a Montana Hunter. This will be my first true traditional hawk and part of a pre 1900 kit I'm working on getting together. Paired with a Bowie, a Nessie and/or a Patch knife? Hope to use it as hard as it was originally intended, nothing fancy, just a good dependable tool. Not much more I can say about some thing I haven't seen/used yet.