So I really got into the medieval cp gamemode on Degroot Keep tonight and found myself doing pretty well with the Demoman and eyelander/shield combination. However, I'd nearly always lose in a fight against the pyro and his rake/hammer. Even if I got way more hits in. Sometimes he'd one hit me and knock my head straight off but the lack of critical hits on the eyelander kept me from ever doing the same (minus the occasionally successful charge).
My question is, is there something that's considered to be the best close range melee weapon for that mode? Or are they all balanced enough to be comparable and just down to personal preference?