Very neat! My only quibble would be the rings clinking against the axe, but I imagine some people would actually enjoy that (like spurs jangling). Clever use of the vacuum sealer, and good on you on anticipating the texture being an issue. That does however give ideas for placing items in when forming it to see if you can get some neat effects, like using tulle for a delicate scaley texture.
I really dig that little kidney bean sheath, looks useful!
There's issues either way when it comes to tooling, shaping it after tooling can mar the pattern, but tooling after shaping will warp the shape. From what I've seen different people have different preferences, and it may depend on just how much tooling is being done as well. That was helpful, wasn't it?