The Hudson Bay Axe

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Proceeds from this axe go to the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for LGBT kids who are facing bullying and other forms of harassment.

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Proceeds from this axe go to the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for LGBT kids who are facing bullying and other forms of harassment.

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Proceeds from this axe go to the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for LGBT kids who are facing bullying and other forms of harassment.

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Proceeds from this axe go to the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for LGBT kids who are facing bullying and other forms of harassment.

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2lb Hudson Bay head of 5160 American alloy steel.

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Bridle leather sheath.

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Best Made mark (BMC) forged into the butt of the axe head.

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The Hudson Bay Axe

Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. This axe has a 2lb Hudson Bay style head, one of the oldest axe patterns in America.


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Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. This axe has a 2lb Hudson Bay style head, one of the oldest axe patterns in America.

Story

Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. This axe has a 2lb Hudson Bay style head, one of the oldest axe patterns in America. It is drop forged in the United States from an American-made 5160 alloy steel that is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 54-56 HRC.

The Best Made mark (BMC) is forged into the butt of the axe head. A distinguishing trait of our axe head is its slim profile which — relative to many other contemporary felling axes — makes for improved cutting and chip throwing. The handle of the Hudson Bay Axe is a straight-grain, premium hickory that originates in Appalachia. We designed the handle to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and safety. We go to great lengths to source an unrivaled wood grain. Every axe is emblazoned with our trademark logo on the handle, and a removable Best Made Company sticker on the head.

Please see our “Notes” to help determine which axe is right for you. All Best Made Axes are guaranteed and come with a numbered 24 page axe manual, a bridle leather blade guard, and an embroidered badge. Our premium painted axes come securely packed in wood wool in a hand-made wooden crate, which is boxed in crush proof corrugated cardboard. We ship our axes all over the world.

Specs
  • Designed by Best Made Company
  • 2lb Hudson Bay head
  • Best Made Axe Manual
  • Embroidered badge
  • Hand-made wood crate*
  • 26.5”h x 6.75”w x 1.375”d
Materials
  • 5160 American alloy steel
  • 26.5" fine grain Appalachian hickory handle
  • Bridle leather sheath
Origin
  • Made in the USA
Notes
  • Best Made offers two sizes of axes, the 4lb American Felling Axe and the 2lb Hudson Bay Axe. When deciding which one is right for you, first determine how and where the axe will be used. Our 4lb Felling Axe is perfect for the farm or homestead. It excels at general chopping, bucking, and splitting. This is an axe for larger wood. The smaller Hudson Bay is more suitable for camping. Its size makes it a perfect fit for the pack or canoe, and its lighter weight allows for swift brush clearing, limbing and kindling.
  • For those interested, Proceeds from this axe go to the It Gets Better Project, which inspires hope for LGBT kids who are facing bullying and other forms of harassment.
Care
  • Oil the handle of your axe with linseed oil at least once a day for a week, once a week for a month, and once a month for a year.
  • Before you use your axe, always inspect it thoroughly for any signs of damage or wear. Pay close attention to any looseness between the head and the handle.
  • Make a habit of sharpening your axe before or after every use. Sharp axes are safer and more enjoyable to use.
  • Always practice safe chopping. Use a chopping block when splitting, avoid overstrike, and be mindful of your own safety as well as the safety of others.
  • After using your axe, wipe away any moisture, dirt, or sap that may have accumulated on the head or the handle. Re-apply oil to handle if needed.
  • When not in use, store your axe in a cool dry place, safely away from pets, children, etc.
In the Field

The Axe Shop, Maryland. Spring 2016. Photo by Christina Holmes.

British Columbia, Canada. Winter, 2016. Photo by Christina Holmes.

Patagonia, Argentina. Spring 2014. Photo by Nate Bressler.

Video

We design and manufacture our products with the timeless adage "Measure Twice, Cut Once" in mind because we believe true quality can only stem from an inordinate attention to detail. Discover some of the details that constitute the Hudson Bay Axe in this short video.