0.9kg Hudson Bay Axe head outfitted with an 45cm curved hickory handle. One-handed camp axe. Used for light splitting, chopping, driving tent pegs, etc. The 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. Council Tool model SU20HB18C.
Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and light splitting.
ANSI Standards call for bit hardness of RC 45-60, at least 12mm back from the cutting edge. Council Tool internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of RC 48-55 and we target 30mm from the cutting edge.
The poll end is also heat treated.
Head coated with boiled Linseed Oil over the as forged finish.
45cm curved American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening. Hafted high and proud.
Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a traditional double wedge system.
Approximately 30mm of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.