1.7 lbs. Hatchet; 14 in. Curved Wooden Handle Sport Utility FinishSKU: SU20HCT14
1.7 lbs. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 14 in. curved hickory handle.Where to Buy
1.7 lbs. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 14 in. curved hickory handle. One handed hatchet ideal for camping and easily packable. Dayton pattern originated from the Dayton, Ohio, area.
- 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.
- 14 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.
Prop 65 Warning: This product contains Nickel (metallic), a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov
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George Wulf –
how about putting this head on a 24″ handle? I think that’s hitting a sweet spot you’re missing for a camp axe…similar to Hults Bruk Akka, 1.5 lb head on a 24″ handle.
George Wulf –
Update…I put this head on the 19″ slim hatchet handle from Whiskey River and I think I now have the ultimate canoe camping axe. Light and packable but heavy and wide enough for light splitting duty in the BWCA (cedar, spruce, pine, birch, fir). Feels well-balanced on its new handle.
I haven’t used many axes, so I can’t say how this tends to stack up, but it has a few minor fit and finish issues that I don’t think are functional problems as far as I can tell. At the price, it’s fine. I give it a fairly high rating but it does have one design problem. The edge is too thick for how short the handle is. You want the axe to do the work, but it doesn’t get enough momentum with the short handle. The solution is a thinner edge, which would cut well even with the short handle. I tend to think that these are manufactured with overly stout edges so that they stand up to abuse, but that makes it less efficient. It works OK, but I will be trying to thin it out eventually on a grinder. I also think it might be better with a longer handle, but the short handle is not a flaw of course if you need it short and handy.