This axe's blade is heat-treated and quenched to produce a hardened edge that extends 1.5 inches for maximum retention of sharpness. The hickory wood is selectively chosen for its grain pattern and density. The handle is mounted to the axe head in a traditional manner, using a softwood wedge crossed with a steel wedge to create a tight, secure fit in the joining.
As the expert adage says, “A sharp axe is a safe axe.” Axes arrive perfectly sharpened but will dull with time and use. Maintain sharpness with a flat file followed by a whetstone. Condition the wood handle with oil if desired.
John Pickett Council launched his tool making business in 1886, and the company he began is now managed by the fourth generation of his descendants. The axes are made by drop forging, a process in which hot steel is pounded by a falling hammer into a die, or pattern. An artisan then sharpens the cutting edge of the axe using increasingly fine abrasives. The final touch is stropping, a process in which the axe blade is finely polished on a flexible piece of leather.
This classic felling axe uses a Dayton pattern head, a design that orginated in Dayton, Ohio in the early 1900s. It's now one of the most recognizable and popular axe heads for its ability to swiftly cleave through wood. Made of drop-forged steel and a hickory wood handle, this useful tool comes with a leather sheath for safe storage.
• Length of handle: 24 inches
• Weight: 2.75 lbs
Handle: 36 inch (91.5 cm)
Blade: 5 ½ lbs. (2.5 kg)
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