Axes are fine. Jedis trading lightsabres for metal axes is the issue. The fact that quite a few don't immediately understand that, and why, emphasizes the point. Rather painfully, btw.
I recall a Star Wars Tales issue where Darth Maul went to fight some old jedi who used nothing but a wooden stick, it was elegant and appropriate I thought, In a similar vein I have no issues with players/jedi/sith wanting to use weapons other than glow sticks (my "guardian" is a force sensitive troooper and uses a vibroblade for example)
I do have an issue with the ugly design and shape of said axes and how they fit in with the animations (badly to say the least) I just dont get what they were thinking of.