Perhaps not the fastest weapon when it comes to parrying a strike by a sword, but it is difficult to imagine anything but a powerful long weapon being consistently able to deflect the axe once the wushu axe is started on a downward trajectory. The snake blade at the top of the axe also means that the axe-wielder need not return the major crescent moon-shaped blade back to overhead or some other remote location in order to strike. In Middle Earth facing a phalanx of axes hefted by armored dwarfs would require considerable courage. Gim Li – legendary master of the Shaolin axe.