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The Hudson Bay pattern is believed to have originated in the Biscayan area of Northern Spain and was first used in North America as a trading piece along the fur trade routes. In this Velvicut®, we 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: 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 our new and innovative design, we 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. The result? A stronger and more durable tool.
No two pieces of wood are exactly alike, but Appalachian hickory (as a variety) offers the most shock absorption and has natural spring and memory qualities that have made it the handle stock of choice “since Hector was a pup.” The 24-inch hickory handle (before assembly) is produced from a handle blank selected for grain orientation and density, making it strong. Our handle pattern features a prominent grip and a slim body that allows the handle to flex a bit, which improves the ergonomics.
A sharp axe is a safe axe as it is less likely to glance out of the cut. Be assured that this axe has been hand honed by our skilled craftsmen and is ready to use – but is shaped with enough thickness to split campfire wood. All components areMADE IN THE USA.
Posted by Peter M Johns MD on 17th Mar 2014
I have owned a Hudson Bay Axe for many years. It is a fine and efficient instrument. I needed a new one for a second place. The Council Co added a new line in ago. The Velvicut series. Included a Hudson Bay axe. I am an engineer, and I read the steel specks for the head, also for the tool's construction. This is the best Hudson Bay Axe on the market.
This is a beautiful tool! The refinement of this Axe is the best. Ben's Backwoods offers the best price on the Internet. Enough said. They delivered and I am having a wonderful time with it. What I have ever seen, It works as advertised and better.
I purchased a new Council Tool leather cover for my old axe. It is beautiful. This is a human tool. Buy it.