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You've heard of "New Old Stock" before but let me introduce you to "New Old School."
The original, some would say "traditional" Hudson Bay axe pattern found its glory with the trappers of the Hudson Bay region of America.
It has remained an iconic pattern since then.
The modern rendition does have its flaws. Flaws that become more and more prevalent with every inch you add to its handle. The long face of the axe paired with the traditional, short eye meant that the user could put more force into the eye than the handle could take. Often times this resulted in the handle breaking right at the bottom of the eye. Council Tool saw this and wanted to improve the useability and resilience of this classic axe. They knew they had an opportunity to make it how it used to be, to make it "New Old School." Just like the ones our ancestors depended on.
Something that you may not know is that as the Hudson Bay Pattern you know and love evolved over time and through different regions. This means that there was a wealth of Old School patterns that still fell within the Hudson Bay family to draw inspiration from.
So that is what Council did.
Using these older Hudson Bay patterns as references they decided to shorten the face of the axe, give it a taller eye, and harden the poll. Turning this thing into a wood splitting, camp making, fur trapping dream of an axe.
Because of its new head shape, this 2lbs of 5160 steel is now more balanced, easier to control, and more robust.
The profile of the axe is much more of a wedge than the original while still maintaining a high centerline on the cheeks - which means it will perform much better when it comes to splitting wood for your campfire.
On top of that, Council Tool is taking the time to harden the poll of these axes so you don't have to wince when you are hammering in a steel tent stake, a trap line, or pounding wedges - this new Hudson Bay can handle it.
These ship FREE and with a fully welted leather mask.
Specs: ~ 5160 Carbon Steel (with Chromium) ~ 2 lbs. head weight. ~ 3 5/8” Bit length from toe-to-heel. ~ 6” Overall head length from bit-to-poll. ~ Balanced head from front to back, with the center of mass within the eye, which reduces head-roll/blade-drop. ~ Longer hardened poll, with a taller eyewall, for a more secure handle connection. This creates a larger poll face/surface area, so that it can be used as an effective striking tool, while also making good contact to drive HDPE plastic felling/bucking wedges. ~ 25 deg. Convex bevels/bit. ~ Wedge-shaped blade, with a high centerline, to help release the axe head while splitting. ~ Can be carried in a hammer holster, or in a scabbard, on a work belt or fallers rig. ~ Hung on two different Hickory handle options, which include using our stock 19” curved handle (trimmed down closer to 18” overall length, after hanging), and our stock 24” curved handle (trimmed down closer to 22.5” after hanging). ~Fit and Finish of the Premium Velvicut line of tools.