Hudson Bay Camp Axe

2# Hudson Bay Camp Axe; 28″ Curved Wooden Handle


4.5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

2 lb. Hudson Bay Axe head outfitted with a curved hickory handle.

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Product Description

2 lb. Hudson Bay Axe head outfitted with a curved hickory handle. Two-handed camp axe, 26″ overall length . 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.
  • 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 ½ inch back from the cutting edge. Council Tool internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of Rc 48-55 and we target 1-1/4 inches from the cutting edge. The poll and eye walls are not hardened and remain in the as forged condition.
  • Head coated with black enamel and the cutting edge in clear lacquer to deter rust.
  • American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.
  • Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured in a traditional manner with a wooden wedge and a round steel wedge.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 2″ of the handle is removed during assembly making the overall length of the tool 26″.

2 reviews for 2# Hudson Bay Camp Axe; 28″ Curved Wooden Handle

  1. 4 out of 5


    I just received my Council tool Hudson Bay 28 inch Camp axe. I haven’t cut down any trees with it yet but the small stuff that I’ve done has given me a good feel for the axe. It’s not the velvicut series but it’s definitely well worth the money. It was sharp as it needed to be when I got it very durable very well crafted with a nice slim handle comma I couldn’t ask for more. Except the velvicut! which I will be purchasing very soon! I was skeptical as anyone would be being that I never used any products from Council tool. And honestly I don’t think you’d get more of a product by spending money on Swiss made axes( Hulls Bruk, Hultafors, etc..) though they make a good product as well, I just enjoy spending my money here at home. The axe I bought was $50 and for that I really didn’t expect it but the product I received in my opinion is worth twice that. Thank you Council tool I look forward to using more of your products in the future. Especially some Velvicut! Keep up good work.
    Thanks. -JT Michigan

  2. 5 out of 5


    Long story short, This is a sweet little axe for $50.00. The finish could be better though. I was fortunate enough to hand select mine from the store so the one I picked had good grain orientation in the handle. I really like the slim handle profile. The edge will have to be worked over for superior function but is a usable edge off the shelf. What can you expect from a $50.00 axe. I can tell from sharpening and use that the steel is phenomenal and holds an edge real well. MADE IN AMERICA every step of the way, even down to the tempering. How cool is that! this is a tool I think I will be able to pass down to my children’s children. I can’t wait to get a Velvicut some day. I want one so bad it pains me.

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