Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
What's the leather collar for?
I don't rightly know. I imagine it's to protect the handle from mis hits.
Exactly right.Dennis the librarian shusher
You're correct about the collar, CW. You can buy rubber ones, plus, I've wrapped handles with insulated 12 gauge copper wire, too. You rarely need it for chopping, but splitting can be a different matter.