The angle was too thin for sure, even though the it was the stoutest competition axe I own. These competition axes are a lot like a race car. We experiment and test to cut better and better. Eventually you push the envelope too far and "blow a gasket."
Thanks for the tips on the broad axe. I'm going to try to pick up that axe from my friend this week. I'll refer back as I work it back into shape. Looking forward to getting started!