Single or double bit ax? Which do you prefer? I prefer a double bit ax. The single bit axes always felt unbalanced to me. Like I was swinging a club. Also, I split the handle in my trusty double bit (and chipped a little corner off the blade on an unseen rock. dangit!dangit!dangit!) so I would appreciate any advice as to the proper way to replace the handle. I've done a few shovels and rakes but haven't done an ax in a very long time. The one I did (not this ax) I'm pretty sure I didn't do right and needed to be tightened up constantly.