A beautiful, handmade Hudson Bay pattern axe perfect for camping, hunting or hiking. Forged from 5160 grade alloy steel for strength, toughness, durability and ability to hold an edge. Heat treated and quenched to produce a hardening edge extending 1 inch up the bit for maximum edge holding. The edge is tempered to RC 50-54 to hold an edge without becoming brittle. Axe head is rough ground in a robotic work cell and sharpened by an experienced hand with increasingly fine abrasives and finished 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 a new and innovative design, the eye is pierced 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. Handle is made of grade "A" American hickory, mounted to the head with a softwood wedge crossed with a steel wedge for additional security. Leather sheath with buckle is included. All parts including sheath are made in USA. Total length: 45cm, blade length: 18cm x 10.5cm cutting edge, weight 1.15kg.