From Council Tool:
4# Dayton pattern single bit axe offered on 3 different length handles 36" 28″ or 20" straight handle. Known as a miner’s axe, the short handle is used for close quarters work. Cutting edge is approximately 4.75″ of overall length and the poll is square.
- Forged steel head.Made in USA.
- Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and 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.
- Body coated with red enamel and the cutting edges 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 with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum choice of material is strong, lightweight and does not change size with moisture content.
- The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/2″ of the overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.
** This is a standard axe so grain orientation is not guaranteed. **
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Another outstanding axe from Council Tool and sold by the good people at Whiskey River. I mistakenly purchased the 20 inch handle instead of the 28 inch, but now I'm glad that I did. I use the short-handled axe as a versatile heavy hatchet. It's great for splitting Lodgepole pine and Douglas fir chunks. It's also great for making kindling. The axe head-handle alignment is spot on, and the grain orientation of the handle is premium quality. Bravo to Council Tool for another great axe. Why buy a Swedish axe when you can have a beautiful USA-made axe for a fraction of the price?