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2.25 lb. Dayton axe head outfitted with a 24″ curved hickory handle. Popularly referred to as a “boy’s” axe. A “mid” sized tool. Dayton pattern originated from the Dayton, Ohio, area.

  • Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
  • Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and light 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.
  • Head coated with boiled Linseed Oil over the "as forged" finish.
  • 24″ curved American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening. Hafted high and proud.
  • Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a traditional double wedge system.
  • The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/4″ of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly.

Customer comments about the 22BR:

March 2012

“I just wanted to say that I learned about Council Tool within the past year. I am involved in bushcraft and camping and when the announcement came out that CT was going to produce some higher quality axes aimed at my hobby, most of us took notice. Earlier this year, I saw a video on YouTube by Israel Turley of Turley Knives on your Boy’s Axe. He thought very highly of it and showed that a $40 tool made in the USA could compete with Wetterlings and Gransfors Bruks. I ended up buying a Boy’s Axe online and just used it for the first time this weekend. It is an excellent axe! I am very, very pleased with it and I’m looking forward to many long years of use.”

Sept 2011
“I recently acquired a Council Tool Boys Ax.  Considering the relatively low cost of the item, I would have expected some manufacturing defects, but much to my surprise, there were none.  After beveling and sharpening the bit, which was pretty easy to do, I have found this ax to be my favorite.  It may not out perform a bigger ax cut for cut, but it is far less tiring to use, and the job is more pleasant because of it.  A word on the haft is in order.  If you study what the professional ax men of the last century preferred, you will see that they liked thinner, whippier handles.  This was because less shock was transmitted to their hands and arms on each swing.  Today, most ax hafts are pretty thick, no doubt to help prevent breakage from wild swings.  The Council Tool hafts are the best I’ve seen yet, and the thin haft of the Boys Ax makes it a joy to use for extended periods of time.”