I have had a Mitchell paddle for about five years. For the past three it has hung on my wall because:
1. It's pretty
2. It's heavey
3. I broke a blade twice and both times the Mitchells charged me about 80 bucks to fix it (if I remember correctly, it was three years ago)
Don't get me wrong, the Mitchells are WAY nice people and their place up in New Hampshire is very nice in the fall but my werners take much more of a beating and are about half the weight. Of course, my paddle is the all wood variety and the newer ones they are cranking out look much more tech. Maybe they're lighter (which is honestly my biggest complaint and why I don't like the new Woody boutique paddles, either, even thought I hear they are super tough).
It sure is pretty, though.
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy