If your intention was to make the 1h axe the only weapon used on Salty and Bardin then you did a fine job. After the buff during the last update of beta it was safe to assume that the level of buff it received would be knocked back for live. That didn’t happen.
Running axe on both above characters and halberd on kruber (Axe on a longer stick) even harder better deeds are a breeze. With WHC having instakill on headshot crit and the buff to his crit and also the crit on axe it is possible to just mince entire patrols on harder better.
I think you should consider taking a look at the axe and the falchion, since falchion was furthered nerfed, yet 1h sword massively buffed. Falchion is lacklustre now and axe is clearly the better choice.