2.25 lbs. Boy’s Axe; 24 in. Curved Wooden Handle Sport Utility Finish


MSRP $73.23

(2 customer reviews)

2.25 lbs. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 24 in. curved hickory handle.

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2.25 lbs. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 24 in. curved hickory handle. Popularly referred to as a “boy’s” axe. A “mid” sized tool. Dayton pattern originated from the Dayton, Ohio, area.

In September of 2023 our iconic Boy Axe undergoes an upgrade.

The overall side profile closely resembles more vintage and historic versions of the Dayton Pattern axe head.

By moving the eye forward and towards the bit, it extends the back of the axe/poll and gives it better balance from front to back.

This “balance” improves accuracy and efficiency, while making it safer to use.

This forward eye also creates a slightly thicker upper cheek in front of the eye, to help with medium/ light splitting.

Whether it’s used for felling, limbing, bucking, chopping, splitting and driving felling wedges on smaller trees, the new Boys Axe will be able to live up to it’s heritage.

  • 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 boiled Linseed Oil over the as forged finish.
  • 24 in. 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.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/4 in. of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.

Customer comments about the 22BR24C:

March 2012

“I just wanted to say that I learned about Council Tool within the past year. I am involved in bushcraft and camping and when the announcement came out that CT was going to produce some higher quality axes aimed at my hobby, most of us took notice. Earlier this year, I saw a video on YouTube by Israel Turley of Turley Knives on your Boy’s Axe. He thought very highly of it and showed that a $40 tool made in the USA could compete with Wetterlings and Gransfors Bruks. I ended up buying a Boy’s Axe online and just used it for the first time this weekend. It is an excellent axe! I am very, very pleased with it and I’m looking forward to many long years of use.”

 Sept 2011
“I recently acquired a Council Tool Boys Ax.  Considering the relatively low cost of the item, I would have expected some manufacturing defects, but much to my surprise, there were none.  After beveling and sharpening the bit, which was pretty easy to do, I have found this ax to be my favorite.  It may not out perform a bigger ax cut for cut, but it is far less tiring to use, and the job is more pleasant because of it.  A word on the haft is in order.  If you study what the professional ax men of the last century preferred, you will see that they liked thinner, whippier handles.  This was because less shock was transmitted to their hands and arms on each swing.  Today, most ax hafts are pretty thick, no doubt to help prevent breakage from wild swings.  The Council Tool hafts are the best I’ve seen yet, and the thin haft of the Boys Ax makes it a joy to use for extended periods of time.” 
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  1. Paul Cox

    pack ability. Bought the forestry service specs version of this axe some 8 years ago and use it all the time while I’m cutting my 6 cords of firewood every year. Great quality, excellent edge retention and easy to sharpen. Reissue these if you can please.

  2. James Evers

    After researching several sites about boys axes and the Council Tool being compared to European ones far more expensive I bought one about a year ago. I have been very pleased thus far. Excellent ability to hold an edge with trimming up trees, and I can absolutely pound felling wedges in hard wood without the head loosening. I did have to replace a handle because I didn’t keep it oiled enough and it loosened and broke, but that was on me. Very pleased with this axe, and I actthen purchased the 8# splitting maul as well .

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