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Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:19:24 AM »
Hey folks I have another Council Tool Velvicut offering for you to have a look at!  It's the Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet. 



Specs:
Head              1.25lb(5160 Steel, RC 52-56)
Length            14 inches
Edge Length    3.5 inches

First thing to note is this Hudson Bay head is not a smaller version of their 2lb Hudson Bay.  It has had some changes to prevent loosening of the head, which is the most common problem associated with Hudson Bay patterns.  It has a tall eye with interior eye ridges and is hung proud.  I really beat this pretty good by driving into rounds a little bigger than you would use it on and it did not come loose.  I did not soak in linseed oil either, I'm using it in out of the box condition.  It is good practice though to give any axe/hatchet a few coating of linseed oil though.  It will be part of your regular maintenance to maintain it so you might as well start it off right.  This really is a good looking and feeling hatchet.  The handle ergonomics are great all round.  Good weight and feel all over.  Nice end swell to fill your hand and just thick enough towards the head to choke up on and do finer work. 







The sheath has two options to pick from.  You have a full sheath and a mask version.  Both seem very well made and had a nice snug fit to them.  The full sheath has belt loops and a D-ring attachment as well.







Here's a profile look, this was hung very well and was hung straight, metal wedge was set perfectly as well.  Good grain too!



This hatchet did a fine job splitting down kindling.  That is an expected chore of any hatchet and I think anyone will be pleased with it's chopping and splitting performance when using it on wood appropriate for its size.  I really found this hatchet to be a nice carver.  I had been needing get my 5 year old son a smaller paddle for our canoe trips so I thought it would be fun to carve out one with the hatchet. 

Getting started I found about a 5-6" wide branch and sawed it off.  It has a nice curve to it that I incorporated into the handle motion that I think should work nicely for him.



This hatchet has nice bite and it is a high centerline hatchet so it just peels wood naturally in carving









getting closer









here's that curve I am working into the shape





This is pretty close for the rough out.  I'll need to thin the paddle a little more and then refine it a bit with a draw knife and I plan to round the end of the handle.  But it's coming a long.  This was probably done in about 30-40 minutes or so.





I think this hatchet would be a great option for anyone wanting that light weight packable option.  I myself prefer a smaller hatchet in my hunting pack just to cut the weight down but still have a formidable tool in the bag when needed.  Most backpackers would appreciate its size and weight as well.  It's should be comfortable for new comers to the axe/hatchet market and a very non-intimidating option.  This hatchet's quality is top notch.  I like the deep stamping of the makers mark and USA on each side.  This is heirloom quality and would be an awesome first axe.  I think it would be cool to see the BSA start using a high quality USA made hatchet like this again.  This size is pretty much the same as the old high quality offerings they would use.  Those are still around and have been passed down and this could be as well.  If you find yourself in the market for a hatchet of this size it would be a terrific choice. 

Pricing from Council Tool's website at this time is:

$107.05 with the mask cover
$119.52 with the full sheath

Thanks for looking and I will do my best to answer questions!   

« Last Edit: September 25, 2017, 10:53:46 AM by OutdoorEnvy »
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 10:32:42 AM »
Great report & pictures, OE......in fact, so great that I can't think of anything to ask. :shrug: :hail:   I always liked the HB pattern axes for their weight-saving design, but they are famous for being difficult to keep the heads tight to the handles.....it's good to know that Council Tool has addressed that problem in the Velvicut line. :thumbsup:

You mention the need for the BSA to endorse a brand of made-in-the-USA axes and I agree completely!  I visit their online supply catalog occasionally to see what they are offering for outdoor equipment these days and frankly, I am appalled with what they have eliminated and substituted for the quality merchandise we were accustomed to seeing and salivating over when WE were kids. 

Very cool that you're making a custom paddle for your son.....rather than just picking up one of those paddle-shaped 'boards' at Walmart!  I hope you come back in this thread to show the finished bent-shaft paddle that he'll treasure and most likely pass on to his own son. ;)
« Last Edit: September 25, 2017, 09:04:50 PM by wolfy »
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 10:53:07 AM »
Thank you kindly wolfy!  I gotta say between this and my old Plumb hatchet I am awfully torn on which will be in the pack this fall for hunting seasons...which is saying a lot cause we all know how I feel about that Plumb...Yeah it would be nice to see BSA put this out there.  Can't think of a better option on the market at this time.  I will post the update of the paddle too!
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 08:12:25 PM »
Awesome ODE. I really like the belt sheath.

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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 08:15:06 PM »
Nice report OE.  I think those are great hatchets and really like the design.  Thanks for posting all those photos.
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 12:49:02 PM »
Good job with the review OE. Can you tell me what high centerline means?

I agree it would be great if BSA and Council could get together with a nice Fleur on the side.
  Is that paddle Willow? Just a guess and maybe another paddling thread trip report when it's all finished up, please thanks

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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2017, 02:09:24 PM »
Good job with the review OE. Can you tell me what high centerline means?

I agree it would be great if BSA and Council could get together with a nice Fleur on the side.
  Is that paddle Willow? Just a guess and maybe another paddling thread trip report when it's all finished up, please thanks

It's not Willow, not sure what it is exactly.  It was from a tree that's been blown completely over and is growing sideways. 

High centerline basically means the grind and cheeks are not flat, like a Gransfors for example.  They have a little bit of a concave shape to them and is widest in the middle and thins out towards the top and bottom.  High Centerlines will throw chips easier and won't stick in wood as much.  They release easier if they are stuck.  I like them in hardwoods and stringy woods like Elm.   

I will post a paddle update on the water when it's ready!
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2017, 04:39:29 PM »
Is tjis a new offering?
Very nice write up. I too have a Plum Hatchet I like so don't think I will be able to justify getting this one.
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Re: Council Tool Velvicut Hudson Bay Belt Hatchet
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2017, 04:28:02 PM »
It is their newest offering and is fairly new.  It's been out for a couple months.
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