Hudson Bay Axe, Velvicut / 18’’
The Council Tool Premium Velvicut Hudson Bay axe is a shape and size ideal for any camping, hunting or hiking expedition. As a one-handed camp axe used for light splitting, chopping, driving tent pegs, etc., this pattern is thought to have originated from “Biscayan” in Northern Spain, near France. French traders used this hand axe as a trade tool in their dealings with Native Americans for fur and other commodities in the Hudson Bay area, St. Lawrence River, and other trade routes. In this Velvicut, Council Tool took a traditional Hudson Bay pattern and added some length to the poll to improve the tool’s balance. After it is drop forged, the axe head is rough ground in a state-of-the-art robotic work cell. Then the hand work begins as an experienced artisan sharpens the cutting edge using increasingly fine abrasives and then finally with leather stropping. Relative to other patterns, the Hudson Bay has a very short eye length. This reduces the contact area between the head and handle, which can lead to looseness. Using their new and innovative design, they pierce the eye with a special punch forming ribs horizontally and vertically inside the eye. This creates more contact area and bite between the head to handle joint resulting in a stronger and more durable tool. The hickory handle is produced from a blank selected for grain orientation and density, making it strong. Council Tool’s handle pattern features a prominent grip and a slim body that allows the handle to flex a bit, improving its ergonomics. The Hudson Bay is small enough to pack and carry yet big enough to get the job done. The two pound head is forged from 5160 alloy steel, and it will outlast any user – they guarantee it! The axe face has a 4’’ cutting edge and an 18″ hickory handle. A premium full-grain leather sheath is included to protect the tool and user and features a buckle for fastening. All axes are boxed and include a copy of The Council Tool Axe Book. Weight: 2.75 lbs. 100% Made in the USA!