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Velvicut® 2# Premium Hudson Bay Axe with Sheath
Product Number: JP20HB24C
List: $ 129.95  

Virtually tour the factory and see the making of a Velvicut® Hudson Bay axe
2# Hudson Bay Premium Velvicut® axe is a shape and size ideal for camping, hunting or hiking expeditions. The Hudson Bay is small enough to pack and carry yet big enough to get the job done. 2# head plus handle combines for an overall tool weight of approximately 2-3/4 lbs.

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.

The 24-inch hickory handle (before assembly) is produced from a 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, improving its 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 are MADE IN USA.

  • Head will last a lifetime, we guarantee it.
  • Forged from 5160 grade alloy steel. "Council" is displayed on one side of the head, and the other is proudly marked "USA".
  • Bit is heat treated and quenched approximately 1" inch from the cutting edge, then tempered for maximum edge holding and toughness. Final hardness Rc 52-56.
  • Handle is made of grade "A" American hickory and its traditional pattern embodies the heirloom quality of axes from times gone by. 
  • Forged axe head is hung in a traditional manner using a softwood wedge along with a round steel wedge for added security.  
  • Axe head is coated with light oil to prevent rusting and to showcase the exceptional Council Tool craftsmanship. A Linseed oil coating is applied to protect the handle.
  • Premium leather sheath protects the tool and user and features a buckle for fastening, a belt slit and an embossed logo.  Like its companion axe, the sheath is MADE IN USA.
Customer Comments:
"I have recently bought the Velvicut Hudson Bay axe and I have to say that it has become my pride and joy. It holds an edge like no other. What can I say, I love this axe. Thank you. Quality Quality Quality"
Oct 2012
"I have owned this axe since it became available. It is the best axe in its class none better. Well designed, perfect weight, balance and functionality are fantastic. Blows away any swedish axe in its class for chopping American hardwood. Throws big chips too!
Love this axe and it is as good as advertised!"
July 2012 
"It came today and is beautiful.  It is a gift for my son who has just moved from Duke to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  He is an Eagle Scout and a pediatric pulmonologist.   He loves fine tools especially those made in America.  I think he will enjoy this wonderful axe with his sons in the Adirondacks, and I hope it will be a gentle reminder of happy days in North Carolina the love that his old dad holds for him.  Thank you for making such a fine, fine axe. ...  I love the booklet included with the axe.  Thank you again."
June 2012
"Just wanted to let you know I recently bought a Velvicut Hudson bay pattern axe for camping. It is the best and most beautiful axe I have ever owned. Thank you for making great tools in the USA. This was my fourth Council Tool product, all are outstanding tools, but the Velvicut is truly a work of art."
March 2012
"Impressed - also appreciate your attention to the handle grain.  Likely to be my standard light duty axe."
October 2011
"Council Tool has crafted the best sporting axe ever produced in this country.  It is an axe that compares equally with any of the finest axes from Sweden.   The design and execution of this axe is superb.  The new Hudson Bay truly evokes an image of the highest quality and looks like no other American-made axe on the market.  The fit, finish, and quality make it a genuine heirloom tool to be passed down for generations." 
October 2011