The axe is devastating. The axe is in the class of melee weapons that do 45-85 damage per hit. On a good hit, you WRECK somebody. Guess how much the flamethrower does per hit? 15 damage, plus about 50 DoT. Set them on fire to blind, break out the axe and chop 'em down like firewood, and then switch back to the flamethrower and taunt. That's how you work it.