This felling axe utilizes a Dayton pattern head, which was originally derived from Dayton, Ohio, in the early 1900s and is now one of the most recognizable and popular axe heads for its ability to swiftly cleave through wood. Made by fourth-generation axe makers, the blade of our felling axe is heat treated and quenched to produce a hardened edge that extends 1 ½ inches for maximum retention of sharpness. The hickory wood handle 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. View this video from the maker on how to properly sharpen your axe: Sharpening an Axe. 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, which means the 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.
Drop forged steel axe head with 24-inch hickory wood handle. Weighs 2¾ lbs. Comes with leather sheath featuring a buckle closure to safety axe. Made in the U.S.A. Ships Free. (more info)
Handle: 36 inch (91.5 cm)
Blade: 5 ½ lbs. (2.5 kg)
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